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💬 "Consistently, until the very end, we tried to attack and get the win...that's our mentality."

Royals boss reflects on a point on the road at a battling Boro side

17 October 2020

The Royals boss and his players were disappointed with just a point from their afternoon at The Riverside today...but not with the performance against a physical opponent.

"We put in a very good performance again," he began. "Defensively we were solid...again. The spirit was fantastic and we pushed hard until the very end for the win.

"We linked up well, especially towards the end of the game and we were unlucky this time not to score with one of our opportunities - but we have to acknowledge the good work that our opponent put in today, especially defensively.

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"This was probably the hardest match physically that we have had so far, but I think we matched their intensity.

"I'm never happy when the team don't win. But I'm content with the hustle, the clean sheet and the mentality.

"I think we showed that in every game we go seriously for the win, we pushed right until the end for the three points.

"We keep learning and growing as a team, we will now recover our team from this fantastic effort today, assess the fitness and fatigue issues tomorrow and work towards the next game.

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"The team showed their warrior spirit again and I'm proud of the spirit we showed in defence, but also attack. Right at the end with five minutes left, we had both centre-backs puishing forward to the edge of their box.

"So consistently we tried to attack and get the win, that's the mentality we're trying to get in our team."

A long trip home is ahead for the Royals now ahead of two home games this week - as the matches come thick and fast.

"It's a big challenge when we have this stretch of games, even more so in this league when every game is a physical challenge. 

"But during the international break we worked very hard on our fitness and I think you could see that today.

"We now have to work against the clock, with just a couple of days before the next game. So we have to accelerate everything we do."

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