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💬 "We had to be proactive in everything we did today...and that's what we got"

Royals boss reflects on a comprehensive away win at Kenilworth Road...

4 July 2020

Five changes. Five goals. Royals boss Mark Bowen asked his team to be positive and play on the front foot at Luton this afternoon and they did exactly what was asked of them. And more.

"We played a very good side in Brentford on Tuesday night and that was part of the reason for the result in midweek - but we also didn't approach it in the right way," Bowen began.

"So we've been banging the drum with the players - from the staff and from the players themselves...today we had to be on the front foot.

"Everything we did, whether we had the ball or we didn't, we had to be proactive instead of reactive. And that's what I got.

"Five goals, but those chances only come if you put the ball in the right areas and if you are positive in everything you do."

Bowen opted to make five changes to the starting eleven for the trip to Kenilworth Road and that trust was repaid by those who were given their opportunity.

"The lads who came in have been working hard and waiting for their opportunity. I gave it to them today and they came out and put in a great performance.

"Like Jurgen Klopp said with the Liverpool lads, we'll only put youngsters in if they deserve it. I haven't just made changes for the sake of it.

"The lads coming in were hungry to get in, show their worth and ready to go. And they didn't let me down.

"The young lads are the future of the club. We had five Academy players on the pitch at the end there. And they can do it. I had no fear with Gabe and Tom that they'd slot into that situation, especially with Michael Morrison in there and Tyler was excellent too coming back into the team."

Now, a home clash against Huddersfield awaits us. "Days like this don't come along often in football. So often I'm in the substitutes ears about what I want them to do, but today it was just a question of saying 'look, just go and enjoy your football'.

"But we have to find a consistency. If we haven't got a top six to play for, we have to demand something else of ourselves. Top half, then top ten - we have to make sure that today wasn't a one off good performnance."


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