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🤗 "When you see them play like this, you just have to give them a big hug"

Royals boss delighted with his team and with a fourth win from four...

3 October 2020

Gathering his squad and his staff out on the pitch at the end of a hard-fought win over Watford, the manager was happy to demonstrate the pride he felt after another impressive performance against high calibre opposition.

"It was a fantastic performance in all aspects of the game, on and off the field," he said.

"And when you see the team playing like this, you just have to give them big credit and a big hug to every single one of them.

"This was a unique performance because we were up against a very good team. We didn't start well but we adjusted and after 15 minutes or so we got control again and started palying how we expected and wanted to play.

"So far, this was maybe the most complete performance of the season so far given the circumstances."

Not only does he mean the pedigree of opponent we welcome to Madejski this afternoon, but also the fact that the squad stepped up to put in a performance of that level despite missing some of its key players through illness and injury.

"Be ready for the opportunity. That's what we always say.

"That means you have to prepare and work as hard as everyone else as if you are playing on the Saturday.

"And that mentality, that attitude, this afternoon brought us performances from the guys who haven't participated so much in the first few games. They were ready today.

"And that gives you a great confidence moving forward. We know how important the depth is in the team is and we know we can rely on these guys who are 100 percent committed. The whole squad is connected.

"These are things that are special about this team."

Now the Royals head into an international break, having earned maximum points from the first four fixtutres of the season.

"These first four games were a great milestone for the beginning of a new start, with new people, new players, a chance to set the foundations and to build the identity and the winning culture. 

"Nobody here is satisfied with just winning one game. This is the mentality we are looking for.

"We will always be competitive, always hungry. It's good to have this international break, but we're all hungry for the next game already."

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