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💬 Pauno | "We were patient and we found a way to score and win"

Royals boss pleased that his side were patient in breaking down a stubborn Barnsley side at the Madejski

19 September 2020

Two games. Two wins. Nine man Barnsley didn't make it easy though!

"I’m happy with the outcome. But we know it wasn’t that easy – with a good solid team in front of us," Royals boss Veljko Paunovic said after the game.

"During the first half, when it was 11 versus 11, it was a very good hustle from both teams – we had to match their intensity, match their style of play.

"We were organised, we were focused, waiting for our opportunity to run in behind. And when we settled, that’s how we changed the game with the red card in that one v one situation, Lucas Joao and their centre back.

"All that came from the spirit within this team. The red card moment came from some fantastic defending from our team inside our own box, and a blocked shot inside the area that came right before.

"The game changed, they changed, we had to adjust in the second half. But it was hard for us, even when they played with ten and then nine players.

They are a very good team, and I want to congratulate them for what they brought to today’s game. In the end though, we found a way to get there, to score the goals.

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"Patience was the key," he continued. "Sometimes teams, when they play against ten or nine players, they start to get frustrated because they go forward, forward, forward and one counter attack can change the game against you.

"That’s when you get in real trouble, that’s what we wanted to avoid.

"We were patient, organised behind the ball and in one of the overloads we created we got the set piece that led to the first goal. And that changed the game.

"In this league, you learn very fast that you sometimes have to wait for your opportunities and not get frustrated. And that’s what won us the three points today."


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