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💬 "Today I saw the team I want to have. I saw the potential. But this is only the beginning."

Pauno reflects on a magnificent performance on the opening day of the league campaign...

12 September 2020

Two wins from two and three points on the road at Derby this afternoon. A clean sheet to add to the result too - but the performance was perhaps the most exciting aspect of our trip to Pride Park today. And new boss Veljko Paunovic was pleased with what he saw.

"I always say, we can always do better. But definitely a fantastic performance," he began.

"Today we saw all the non-negotiables that we are asking of the players. Commitment. Intensity. Playing for the team.

"And on top of that we saw us play good football in the first half. Very good execution on set pieces. We saw creation of opportunities where we could strike more and better.

"Today I saw the team I want to have. I saw the potential. But that is the challenge. The challenge is to keep that.

"This is just one game. It is just the beginning. It is a very good beginning, but we haven't done anything yet.

"But today I am very happy and very grateful for a great performance that the guys gave today.

"They showed fantastic spirit and played some very good football - especially in the first half when we created opportunities and chances to excel in our talent."

There is no resting on laurels though. Game one and three points in the bag. Not the Royals boss is going to ask for more!

"We approach one game at a time. We approach each day at a time. And then we evaluate and try to improve it.

"I think we have a very good team, gifted players...but we have to improve.

"The talent is great, but we have to connect the talent together. They have to appreciate playing together and know the different qualities they can all bring.

"Everything is there, we just have to polish the details and work on getting it consistently.

"I was very happy that I could see in the team today, my identity. Never giving up. When you have the opportunity to dominate, dominate. Keeping control and being creative in attack.

"And then when you have to fight - because you have a good team in front of you - you saw the team spirit. We showed guts when we needed to.

"And that is the bottom line, what we expect."

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