Andy Rinomhota’s goal at Pride Park gave Royals hope of getting something out of our trip to Derby County… but the Royals couldn’t quite get back into it to salvage what would have been a more-than-worthy point, or more!
The midfielder’s instinctive header had halved the deficit; the Royals had had the best of the play for most of the first half, until a Tom Lawrence screamer and a Wayne Rooney penalty suddenly put the hosts two up right before the break.
“It’s the same sort of effect at the minute – and it’s not where we want to be,” reflected Rinomhota. “We’ve looked to more to get more out of the game, and I think we’ve been unfortunate to only get one point from the two games now.
“So it’s a similar story – we play well but just quite don’t do enough. A lapse in concentration today just before half-time has cost us the three points.
“We started a bit slow, but managed to grow into the game. We limited them to few chances in the first half, but it was towards the final five minutes that they got on top and got those two goals – pretty much their first chances in the game.
“In the second half, we were completely on top. We got a goal but unfortunately couldn’t get the second to push on.
“The goal was just a reaction thing – instinctive, just to head it back into an area. Thankfully it’s gone high and the defender hasn’t managed to get it off the line. It’s nice to get a goal, but I would have preferred it under better circumstances.
“We dominated the second half and were on top for a lot of it. We had crosses coming and couldn’t get that final touch.”
And a quick turnaround now – back to Madejski Stadium to meet a Brentford side who are looking to put pressure on the automatic spots. A home win against West Bromwich Albion was a statement of intent.
“Brentford are in good form at the minute; they had a good win on Friday against West Brom,” he continued.
“So they’ll come to us in high confidence. But they’re coming to us, we have that advantage. We’ll just try to implement our style on them and try to limit their damage. And hopefully come away with three points.
“As good a side as they are, we aren’t going to worry about that too much. We’re going to try to play our own game and make them adapt to us. We’ve got the quality in our side to beat anyone on our day. So if we’re on it we can win the match.”