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💬"We came here to challenge, not to surrender. But we lost it in the second half"

Royals boss reflects on defeat to the title-winners at Carrow Road..

1 May 2021

Title celebrations at Carrow Road were tough to watch for a Royals side who more than matched their hosts in an entertaining first half. But City capitalised on their opportunities in the second period and ran out comfortable winners.

"Firstly, I have to congratulate Norwich," Pauno said. "They have done a very good job - that is obvious. And they have been consistent throughout the whole season. We have to acknowledge a very good team and we wish them the best of luck.

"The result though is tough to see, especially because we played some of our best football in the first half. We should have been 2-0 up and then we conceded the equaliser which was tough on us.

"If it had been 2-0 up at half-time, you start the second half looking for your opportunity for a third. Instead of that, we went in at 1-1 and got completely the opposite.

"The first half it was a very good match-up between the two teams who played good football. That's what we came here to do, play good football.

"We wanted to come here and challenge them, prolong their wait to celebrate the title...we didn't come here to surrender.

"But we lost in the second half. The guys gave their all and we tried to keep playing our football. But at the end it seems like we were here to contribute to their celebration. That's not the case. 

"You saw on the sidelines and on the pitch, everyone was fighting for every ball. 

"And we had chances. But we didn't convert. And again a lack of killer instinct, lack of execution - that's what I'm not happy about recently. And it is something we have to learn for next season.

"It's a 'must have' in the Championship and in any competition you want to win. And we want to win...definitely.

"Today is not going to be easy. But now we have to lift the guys.

"We have to finish strong. We have to finish by recovering our fundamentals and finish the season the proper way."

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