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💬 "We keep pounding, keep fighting until the end...nobody is going to give up"

Royals boss on the four games that remain and the 12 points we need to target..

16 April 2021

Asked if he thought the race for the play-off places would go down to the wire this season, Royals boss Veljko Paunovic responded, "We will definitely give our best and fight until the end."

An 87th minute penalty kick looked like it would rob the Royals of anything from a game they controlled in the second half, but an injury time header from Yakou Meite earned Reading a point which may prove valuable.

"The goal came when we really started to push a lot of numbers forward, looking to win the game and we threw everything at it out there. But in one of the breakaways they found their opportunity and won the penalty kick.

"We immediately looked how to get a reaction and we bounced back. We got the goal, late but not too late.

"We don't have time to be negative. We have to find solutions. We had to get the team to regain their compsure and to react. And that's what we did.

"Once again we showed that we never give up.

"Today, we had to confront their way of playing and try to impose our game. But it's not always easy and we're not always successful in doing what we want to do out on the field.

"But it's about our response - we are not going to crumble and complain if thie game is not the game we wanted to play. 

"We controlled large parts of the game, we created opportunities - not clear chances in the first half but we came much closer to scoring on a few occasions in the second half."

In truth, a point isn't enough to put too much pressure on the teams above us in the table, vying for that top six spot. But the fight continues.

"Nobody is happy with one point. But at least it is something. We will keep pounding," Pauno said.

"Nobody is going to give up. And we will see what it is worth at the end of the journey.

"When I am standing on the sidelines, I see a great team playing good football and a team who never gives up. I see everyone on the same page, from the first minute to the last - and that keeps me believing."

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