Friday, 27 November 2020

Lessons to be learned in Blackpool

ROYALS midfielder Danny Guthrie believes the Royals made a “good side look ordinary” during the first half on Saturday, but says there are lessons to be learned for this Saturday’s trip to Blackpool.

ROYALS midfielder Danny Guthrie believes the Royals made a “good side look ordinary” during the first half on Saturday, but says there are lessons to be learned for this Saturday’s trip to Blackpool.

The midfielder was a key part of a Reading side that totally dominated the opening 45 minutes at Madejski Stadium, but Guthrie felt that a slow start after the interval allowed Watford back into the game.

“We were really good in the first half,. Unfortunately we stopped doing the things that gave us the impetus in the game and in the second half we started sloppy. We thought we got out of jail when we got the third goal.

“It was disappointing — it felt like a loss. We led for long periods of the game and will have to learn from this lesson quickly.

“I’m to blame for the penalty — I didn’t get the ball, so I wouldn’t argue with the decision. I should do better. But even then with a few minutes to go you’ve got to see a game out and be ruthless.”

The former Newcastle man says that this Saturday’s away game at Bloomfield Road is a great opportunity to put things right and seal another three points.

“There are positives we can take, we played really well in the first half and made a good side look ordinary,” Guthrie added.

“I’m looking forward to the Blackpool trip — it’s a good chance to put the second half performance right, and it’s a game that we’ll go to win. We want to have a serious push this season.”

Reading are on the road again on Tuesday when they travel to London Road to take on Peterborough United in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

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