Josh Laurent was disappointed to see the Royals fail to take all three points from Preston but has urged the team to take the positives and to see it as a good point heading into Friday night’s meeting with fellow promotion hopefuls Bournemouth.
The 25-year-old, who produced another battling performance in midfield, is keen to see the team channel their frustrations from our stalemate at Deepdale in the right way, with a visit from the Cherries nearing.
He said: “We are disappointed, we want three points in every game, and it has been called payback month for a reason, we wanted to take the three points. But we’ve got to turn it into a good point and take the positives.
“Preston are a decent side and there are no easy games in this league. When you come away from home you’ve got to fight, you’ve got to match them and be defensively solid and we were, it’s just having that bit of magic at the top end, which we usually do. We had our chances, but it just didn’t happen this time. As I said, we’ve got to turn it into a good point.
“They made it a fight and asked questions of us which you have to stand up to. To be fair to us, we can fight a team and we’ve got a lot about us. We will stand up to anyone, and then try to play a little bit and try and be better than them which I thought we did today.
“As the game went on, we grew but we couldn’t quite manage it at the end.
“They came at us quick, but we stayed strong. We rode periods out, and in one or two games previously we might have dropped our shield and conceded, but today we stayed strong.”
Laurent also touched on the importance of supporting 17-goal striker Lucas João, after he fired his penalty just wide against the Lilywhites in Lancashire.
“You’ve got to take the good with the bad and it can’t be your day every day,” he continued.
“Lucas is down but we’re all behind him and he’s been fantastic for us this season. He’s taken it on his back and holds his head high every game, goes and causes problems and scores goals for us.
“He’s the type of person who will be down tonight, possibly even tomorrow, but next weekend he’ll be even hungrier to score two or three goals, and I back him to do that.”