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💬 Pauno | "Composure at critical times coupled with warrior spirit"

Royals boss reveals what he is most proud of after witnessing another wonderful performance from his side in Wales...

26 September 2020

Nine points from a possible nine. And the Royals boss was rightly delighted with his team's spirit that saw them over the line in Cardiff this afternoon...

"The game was fairly even in the first half - both teams tried to find ways to the opponent's goal - unsuccessfully, although we were unfortunate not to score.

"In the second half, we opened up the game with a well prepared set piece and great execution from the team.

"And we scored another very good goal after that. And then, when they scored, what I'm proud of is we didn't get confused.

"We didn't lose our composure, we still had to fight. We showed the warrior spirit which was required at the end of the game.

"Nine minutes, it doesn't matter. It could have been fifteen - our mentality is to not give up until the very end.

"And we showed that we always have a gameplan and we stuck to it today. We showed that we could go through some difficult moments in the game and we adjusted to the injuries we suffered.

"The defence starts from our front guys and they are doing a fantastic job. Huge credit to our midfield - to the two warriors, Andy and Josh. 

"And then our four guys at the back and the goalkeeper - they are spartans. Warriors! Fantastic. 

"Everything is there, the team is still growing, but they are all connected, they have a huge spirit of belonging to the team and each other. So I'm very happy with the win and what the guys showed today."

The only negative from our trip to the Welsh capital was on the injury front - with both Felipe Araruna and Lucas Joao forced off the field with what looked like concerning injuries.

"There is a flip side of the great triumph we had today," Pauno agreed. "And that is the injuries to Lucas and Felipe. We will now have to see how long they will take to recover.

"I always say to players, that the first day of your injury is the first day of your recovery. You have to start healing with your mentality and then do what you can do to recover as soon as possible."

But the spirit within the dressing room is a very good one right now as the Royals sit at the top of the league table at this early stage.

"I wish I could show you the locker room after the game," Pauno said. "The excitement that was there. Three wins in a row is fantastic.

"I don't want to stop that of course, but I also want everyone to know that we haven't done anything yet.

"I love success. But I am responsible for how we prepare for the next game.

"You have to absorb good vibes and positivity, but you also have to channel that. Don't relax and don't stop doing the things that are helping us get to where we are.

"Always we have to have our shields ready. Always  we have to be prepared for the next game."

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