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🗨️ "We have to learn from our mistakes and recover our energy"

The manager's reflections after our clash with Michael O'Neill's men...

7 November 2020

Missed opportunities and 'silly' mistakes at the back cost the Royals again this afternoon, losing to a clinical Stoke City side at the Madejski.

"It was a very similar story to the previous game," Royals boss Veljko Paunovic began. "We played good football and we created good chances and we have to convert those chances early in the game. 

"And then we conceded silly goals. Our team needs to be more mature in parts of our game. Mistakes are part of the game and we have to learn from these kinds of mistakes, you have to have a good reaction.

"But we were victims of a domino effect, where after one mistake, another one came and we couldn't solve it. We have to be more mature and learn how to win these kinds of games.

"We dominated and controlled the game, but that's not enough. Especially when you don't score goals when you get chances and, at the other end, you concede them.

"So we have two weeks to reflect on everything. The good news is we did our homework at the beginning and that start permits us to reflect and improve.

"We start a different part of the season after the break, where consistency, focus and hard work have to be present every day.

"This is another very good lesson for us. The mistakes we have made are a mix of a lot of things - fatigue which affects the bodies and the minds in terms of players' concentration, the accumulation of games we have played and injuries which have mounted up.

"Now, with the international break, we have a chance to recover our mojo, recover our energy, recover our mood.

"We will fix it. When we were winning, we never siad it was going to be easy. And now we have lost we are not going to drown.

"The group is strong and I believe in us. And I am sure we will bounce back."

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