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💪 “This was a good start, but we want much more.”

Royal stopper Rafael pleased with a clean sheet and a winning start to the 2020-21 campaign at the weekend...

14 September 2020

Five goals scored and just one conceded so far. A cup win and three league points in the bank.

Royals keeper Rafael even got himself deserved credit for starting the move that resulted in our second goal at Pride Park – courtesy of a clever turn inside his own box and an early ball direct into the path of Lucas Joao.

“When we win a game, we are always happy,” the Brazilian stopper said. “And as a defence, we are always happy when we don’t concede goals.

“That is our job. The forwards did their job and we’ve done ours.

“We knew it would be a very difficult game. Derby have got a lot of quality, they are a good team. But we worked, we worked a lot. And we were ready for this game.

“We trained on the first goal, saw many videos and prepared this corner. And thank God everything went right. The second goal, one long ball and Lucas timed his run behind well.

“We showed many good things. But of course we have many things to improve and we are going to do it."


Two wins from two and the Royals are ready for anyone after Saturday’s performance. Luton Town are next up in the league, before we host Barnsley at the weekend.

“We are more confident now, but we know it was just the first game in a long season.

“This league is maybe one of the most difficult leagues in the world. We must keep working and keep believing.

“We were talking about it before the game at the weekend…we must and we want to do big things here.

“Right now we have to enjoy this result, but then quickly get ready for the next one on Tuesday night when we have another one.

“This was a good start, but we want much more.”


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