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🗨️ Bowen | "I can have no complaints over the effort we put in"

Royals boss reflects on a home defeat against a talented, well-organised West Brom side...

12 February 2020

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West Bromwich Albion went clear at the top of the Championship table, but they didn't have it all their own way at the Madejski. Royals boss Mark Bowen reflected on the result and his team's performance against the Baggies...

"I'm obviously disappointed to lose the game, especially having gone in front after a good start," he began.

"But West Brom are a good side - they ask questions of you all night long. They're probably the best side we've played against since I took over, they way they move the ball so quickly, the amount of energy they have, the quick feet they have in the final third.

"We were a little bit sloppy with the goals we conceded - I think we could have defended both a little bit better. The first goal, the cross came in and we were a little bit too far away from the forward players in the box.

"And then the second one coming back into the box to the far post - ok he put a hand on Yakou to stop him backing into him and defending it - but he got a good looping header that floated in almost in slow motion. There were three or four occasions where we could have stopped that attack before it ended up in the back of our net.

"But after the second goal went in, we came back again like we always do, took the game to them. And Slav said to me at the end that they were hanging on a little bit and desperate for the final whistle to go.

"I can have no complaints with the effort we put in and the way we approached the game and, perhaps I'm biased, but I thought we could have deserved something from the game.

"We've had something like 12 games in about 40 days, so as a coach you don't get a lot of time to work with your players on the training pitch.

"It's all about recovery now. We've got to wipe oursleves down with another difficult game to prepare for at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday before we finally have a full week where we can get some work done on the training ground."

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