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💬 "We showed character and we all fought for the win. And it is a different emotion in the changing room today"

Royals boss on a resilient performance that yielded victory in south Yorkshire...

27 February 2021

There were the tears of disappointment at Adams Park, but a battling performance in Rotherham this afternoon led to three points and a very different atmosphere in the away dressing room...

"I am very happy with the result and the performance," Pauno began. "I think the way we played against a team who has a specific style, in a game which was very similar to the games we have played and lost in the last week, I am pleased.

"This was probably the toughest game I've had since being the manager of the club. 

"Rotherham know how to use their resources - it is fantastic to see a team who knows how to play in every given moment. Without looking, they would pass it into their strikers and know where they were insitinctively.

"They were hard to handle and would be for any team - they did a very good job against us and made it very difficult.

"We didn't convert our opportunities in the first half and we know what happens when we don't convert our chances from the Wycombe game earlier in the week.

"We had our chances in the second half too. At this point of the season, playing fancy is wrong. In the last two months of the season, you have to be ruthless. It's something we are aware of and will continue to improve.

"So as we hadn't scored a second I was a little bit nervous about giving up chances for them to score. But we defended well, managed it well, although we dropped a little bit too deep towards the end when they added more attacking players.

"But the substitutions helped - we were more robust towards the end of the game with Tom Mac and Tom Holmes helping us defend those set pieces which was crucial to us today.

"We had character today. We fought. We saw urgency from all our players. 

"And winning today gives everyone an important boost the team a chance to build our new momentum.

"It's a big win for everyone in the changing room. At Wycombe I told you we had guys crying, but today it's a different emotion, a different buzz in there.

"It is a feeling of gratitude towards the achievement. And it was an ownership of our success. We have to own this moment because it can be a crucial win going into the end of the season.

"The guys undertood that this win meant a lot and it was a feeling of contained happiness. Contained, because we have to prepare for another game in two or three days time. But that buzz will help us to build for the upcoming games."


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