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💬 Bowen | "We showed our resolve, determination and heart"

Royals boss pleased with a clean sheet and a second away win in a week....

11 July 2020

Another clean sheet, another away win and three very hard -earned points to take us a little closer to a top half finish. Royals boss Mark Bowen was pleased with his side's showing at The Valley.

"I'm delighted with another clean sheet, the third in a row since we changed it a little bit at the back," he began.

"But also, when players were flagging a little bit, away from home, it's great to be able to bring the likes of Liam Moore and Chris Gunter off the bench - they were excellent and did that job that made sure the club came away with three points.

It looked like a scrappy game to me and there wasn't ever going to be a lot in it - we got the goal and then it's about seeing it out, doing your jobs, communication, all those little things that e nable you to get the result on the day.

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"Maybe we rode our luck a little bit and I'm sure Lee Bowyer will think his side could have taken something from the game. But we got all three points this afternoon and that doesn't just happen - you have to make them happen.

"We got our noses in front and it was a battle, from start to finish. They put us under a lot of pressure - I think they had 17 or 18 crosses into our box in the first half alone. 

"But for me today it was a case of showing our resolve, our determination, our heart - we were in the game, winning 1-0 and we saw the game out and got the three points."

The Royals are safe from the bottom three now and edging towards a top half finish if results can be earned in our final three games of the campaign. 

"I said to the guys this morning, that if you need any motivation, then you'll get it from me and the staff here," Bowen continued. "Every game is important to us, hugely important to me, the club, the staff, the players.

"Surely as a player you want to finish the season in the top half of the league or even in the top ten. And there's no reason why any game should be a gimme or just another game in seeing out the season. That's not the way it's going to work.

"Aside perhaps from the top three at the moment, there are very small margins between teams in this division. So you've got to be at it.

"You can't afford to carry players, so the motivation for the players is to put the effort in for themselves. And they gave me plenty of that today.

"So now we're going to go again on Tuesday - our home form has not been good enough so we'll dust ourselves down and make sure we show our fans we've got as much desire to win at home as we seem to have away from home."

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