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💬 "Our best performance on the road this season"

Royals boss Veljko Paunovic was delighted with his team's ability to turn defeat into victory at the John Smiths Stadium today...

2 January 2021

Huddersfield had won their last five at home. And when they took an early lead, some might have thought they were set to extend that run against the Royals. But Reading came from behind to snatch a worthy win on the road to kick-start 2021 with three fantastic points.

"One of our best performances this season, especially on the road," Pauno stated.

"This was the first time we were capable of coming from behind to win. 

"We were consistent and mentally ready to win this game - even after conceding that early goal.

"We know we win games when we take the lead first. But we've been addressing winning games when we go behind - something which has been a problem for the last few years at this club, so this was one of the things we had to improve this year.

"We looked to explain how to behave if we concede first and not letting the first goal affect us.

"I think you could probably hear me from the dugout that I was reminding the guys to brush the first goal off our shoulders, and play the game like we'd just started a new game.

"And when you concede so early, it is even easier to do that as you have time to build that momentum again.

"I'm very excited with the performance the guys put in and I'm very grateful to the players for everything they did today.

"As a coach, I don't only want to improve the results and the culture of the club, but I also want to improve the mentality.

"This is a huge improvement in our mentality and our identity, so this week now, not only the confidence and the belief is going to grow, but the mentality of the team which is what wraps everything up together.

"If you improve the mentality, you can build an amazing team, a strong team, a solid team, a team with confidence."



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