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💬 Bowen | "We dominated the game and deserved more, but we're being punished harshly for our mistakes."

Royals boss pleased with the performance and believes we were the better team at Pride Park this afternoon...

27 June 2020

Following two good performances after football's resumption, the Royals could so easily have picked up six points. But frustratingly, we only have one despite another dominant display against Derby County this afternoon.

"In the first half we probably conceded too much space to them," Mark Bowen admitted. "We had a gameplan to keep things tight and keep the shape of the team compact, and then break off them which we have done in the past away from home.

"Then in the second half our plan was to play with more drive, take a few more risks and go on and get an away result. 

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"In the first half we conceded some ground, but we had three or four really good chances to score in that first half - but those last few mimutes leading into half time, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb. 

"We came out second half and we totally dominated the game.

"I was looking at their bench and Phillip Cocu and thinking they must be pinching themselves wondering how they are in front in the game, how we have come to their backyard and our goalkeeper hasn't had a shot to save in the second half.

"But we've come away with nothing again. It's frustrating.

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"In my humble opinion, we have been the best team in both games we have played - at home to Stoke City and here at Derby. And yet we've got one point.

"It's not what you want - you want to win games and put points on the board. 

"But I'm not going to beat the team up for their performance today. Because as I say, I thought we were the better team for large, large parts of the game."

In-form Brentford will pose a real challenge for the Royals next up on Tuesday night.

"We won't give up pushing, trying to win games and earn pioints that will push us up the table.

"We're being punished harshly for our mistakes right now. But we'll shrug it off, be in tomorrow morning and apply ourselves looking to prepare ourselves for the Brentford game on Tuesday night."


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