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🗨 Holmes analyses our point in the Potteries

Defender looks back at goalless affair

7 February 2021

Royals defender Tom Holmes gave his take on a battling affair in wet weather, as the Royals and Stoke City shared the spoils in the Potteries.

Neither team could quite find the winning goal in Stoke, as defences came out on top – Holmes, playing at right-back, made a number of key contributions to snuff out the hosts’ firepower.

And after the game, he looked back on a fixture of few clear-cut chances and ahead to our next challenge.

“On balance, looking at the chances that both teams had I think it was probably a fair result,” Holmes said.

“I think at the end we did have the legs to go on and win it and we were starting to really press them and keep them in their own half. We created a number of good chances and it was a good battle.

“As a unit we rode difficult periods really well and we got into a good shape and we worked together, which was really good.

“I thought I defended the back post well and was quite happy with the ball at my feet but my job is made a lot easier by the players around me. Morro for example is always keeping me on my toes and I feel like we’ve had a good run together as a back four and we’re really gelling.

“If you look at the last time we played against Stoke at home when we lost 3-0, today is a great example of how far we’ve come as a team in terms of getting the clean sheet and at the end even having enough to try and win it. But unfortunately we didn’t manage it.

“There was some disappointed faces in the dressing room, we had a good chance through Yaks at the end and a couple of half chances through Ovie Ejaria – but sadly it wasn’t to be.

“The manager is really good with us – he takes the positives out of games regardless of the score, and he’s just looking forward to the next game.

“So we go into Brentford continuing our unbeaten run. It’s a big game for us and everyone is focused towards that. It’s a massive one for the season as a whole.”

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