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💬 "Our high pressure and high intensity approach paid off"

Royals boss speaks about the successful recipe within the group and talks us through three goals that earned us three valuable points this evening...

19 January 2021

Royals boss Veljko Paunovic was delighted with his side's performance against a Coventry City side that posed their own problems early in a high-tempo affair at the Madejski this evening.

And the performance, most importantly, yielded three valuable points for the Royals.

"The whole team did a fantastic job," he began. "The periods of high pressure and high intensity we put in, paid off.

"The first goal came after we hadn’t had too good a start actually – we had conceded a few unforced errors which led to opportunities for our opponent that could have cost us a lot.

"We are fortunate that we had Rafael in our goal to make a couple of very good saves. And that gave us the confidence and the energy to put into the reaction we had.

"After the first goal, everything went in the right direction. We kept doing what we planned, especially applying the high pressure.

"We were up against a very good opponent, who prepared well and made it very hard for us. But scoring the second goal at the start of the second half was great.

"And coming from Andy Rinomhota on the night he is celebrating 100 appearances or the team, it was a very emotional moment for he team. And an exciting one too. Congratulations to Andy for that goal.

"At 2-0 up we could be a bit more conservative and wait for them to become nervous or frustrated on the ball. And that happened, we had a couple of breakaways and the two yellows came from that approach.

"The third goal – a fantastic free kick from our free kick specialist Swifty. He loves practicing those and we encourage that - it’s great to have that asset in the team.

"But I am telling him not just to wait for free kicks to shoot. He has great vision, a great shot from distance and he can affect things in the box too - so in the future we want to see him scoring more from open plays. But I’m very happy for him too after a long time out injured."

There was praise for players in every position, especially those who are grasping their opportunity to make an impact on the first team after a wait for their chance to impress.

"I’m blessed to work with these guys. Everyone knows their role, everyone works hard and waits for their opportunity.

"That is the recipe.

"You cannot be ready for your opportunity if you are not putting in the work every day on the training pitch, if you do not have total commitment to the team, if you do not have a great attitude and a positive mood in every session you play.

"So I am very grateful for the family we have here."

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