“It was a tough game,” reflected Yakou Méïté after a physical encounter against Millwall... his 100th league appearance for the Royals. It was a game that could have gone either way as both sides had late chances to nick the points, but ended tied up at 1-1.
“I think it was a good point – of course we came here for a win, but even though we go back with one point it is still a good result.
“After four defeats in a row, we needed to show to our fans that we can bounce back quick. This point was a good response, because we were 1-0 down and we got back in the game.
“We could have even won the game at the end, but we will take the one point today.
“At half-time, we just wanted to go again. You can’t let them score two or three. The coach spoke to us at half-time and said that he wanted to see a response, which we did.
“After that, the second half was much better. We put a lot of intensity into the game, and scored. And we could have scored the second. That’s what we can do, and everyone is focused.
“It puts us in the right direction. Most important today was stopping the run of defeats that we had in the past. Now we can go forward, and look forward to the game this weekend.”
And we move on quickly, again.
Bristol City visit Madejski Stadium this Saturday for a lunchtime kick-off – so the Royals will need to recover quickly. That’s especially important for Méïté, who made his first start since our win in Blackburn after a month-long layoff through injury.
“Every game will be difficult,” Yakou continued. “We just need to recover quickly – see what was good from this game against Millwall and what we can improve. Then we can come back fresh and 100 per cent on Saturday.
“I’m still not quite at 100 per cent yet because I didn’t play for a month. I wanted to come back to help the team, so I’m trying to do my best to get back fit. Today against Millwall was a good test for me. And we didn’t lose and got a point, so I am happy for that.”