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💬 McIntyre | "I am really proud of everyone"

Defender reflects on FA Cup replay victory

15 January 2020

“Everyone Is buzzing, we came here to get that kind of result so to win 2-0 and get the clean sheet, it’s brilliant.”

Tom McIntyre featured in a youthful Royals squad who travelled to Bloomfield Road to play the replay in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round. A clean sheet and nine games unbeaten, the Royals were victorious over the Seasiders, 2-0 on the night.

Lucas Boyé stabbed home from close range to take the lead, and Jordan Obita buried home the second of the night in the 82nd minute to finish the tie. Blackpool gave everything in the final 10 minutes, but the young Reading side was resilient in holding them off.

“We had a lot of young players tonight, I think Omar Richards was the oldest player in the back four, so that shows how young we were, but we showed what we’ve learnt with the manager. But to see the game out at the end, with the pressure they put on us in the final minutes- we were really resilient and played very well.

“It could have got a bit pressurised if we hadn’t got that second goal, but that shows the great ability in the team and Jordan Obita to finish it. It was great to get that second goal and give us some breathing space, so we could relax a little bit.

“I am really proud of everyone, and it’s really good for all the Academy staff to see their hard-work comes with an end product.”

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Armand Gnanduillet, Blackpool’s free-scoring striker featured for the Seasiders was battled by Tom and his defensive team-mates, something that Tom relished.

“I loved the battle and saw Gnadnuillet was a good player at our place, but it was quite good to sit in the stands for that one and see what he was good at.

“I am really relieved to get through the 90 minutes because I haven’t played in a while, but that’s how it is- I might not play for a few weeks but when I do get a chance I just need to take it, there are no excuses.

“We have a little history of cup runs, so hopefully we can push on and win a few more games.

“Of course, I want to be involved, but the current team have been fantastic over the past couple of weeks. They’re great players, and I am just trying to learn off them all the time."


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