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💪 "Pain, frustration but pride in the performance"

Pauno relfects on cup exit at Luton but a second half display that deserved so much more...

9 January 2021

It was one way traffic in the second half on a bitterly cold afternoon of FA Cup football this afternoon - but a very young Reading side's efforts were not rewarded with an equaliser that they deserved.

"My emotions?" the Royals boss began. "Pride, because of a fantastic performance in the second half from the whole group.

"The young players who played today put in an amazing perfomance, showed an amazing spirit, and in this test they showed they are on the same page as the rest of the group.

"I'm also frustrated, because we played very good football and we deserved to score a goal.

"A goal which would have helped build the confidence in the young group we had - so I am a bit disappointed on that front.

"We saw that we have very good potential in our Academy, our young players who are coming into this group.

"Even though we didn't have a lot of the players who normally play, you still saw our identity and our culture. And I am very happy about that. And if we have to lose, it's better we lose it this way.

"Seeing the young players so disappointed after the game in the changing room - giving so much and not getting a result. It was even a little bit painful for me.

"But that disappointment also tells you that they are winners, not complacent when they lose. That is a good quality to have.

"When your opportunity comes as a player, that is how you claim your next opportunity. We gave them an opportunity today and they played very well, so now we know have players there.

"We know what to expect from them. And we know when those opportunities come, you have to be ready. And they were ready.

"Personally, I always want to win. You could see how frustrated I was because we lost. But now, with only one competition to compete in, we turn our focus towards our quest for the top spots in the league."


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