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Martin Kuhl on Reading FC's Defeat To Preston North End

See what Reading's caretaker manager had to say on another disappointing afternoon for The Royals.

Another weekend and another disappointing result this time a 1-0 defeat to the hands of Preston North End. Martin Kuhl was in charge after Clarke's dismissal, and he was of course frustrated and disappointed with the result.

He told the official club website, "We stayed in the game for the first 15 minutes and gradually got into it, and I thought we created some decent chances. Some of the attacking play was just a fraction off being perfect. But we're disappointed overall.

"The lads are down after a defeat - the Championship is a ruthless place. You have to stand up, compete and get about it - sometimes ability alone isn't enough. But we worked hard and came away without anything to show for it today.

"You have to take the positives out of it all the time. We created some chances, we defended okay in the first half, and the penalty kills us. It's the kind of game where if you stay in it, you take a point away."

The Royals had some good chances, but like recent games, we have not been able to convert them. Kuhl also had words to say about top goalscorer Nick Blackman he added: "We knew that it would be a difficult place to come because Preston compete and play their system very well. We had to stand up to that - I thought in the first half we did.

"In the second half we ran out of steam a little bit and yet in the last couple of minutes we had some chances - Blackman had a one-on-one with the goalkeeper; earlier in the season they were going in, and at the moment they're not.

"He goes through, you're thinking go on, put it in and it goes just over. At the start of the season he could have shut his eyes and hit the back of the net. But that's football."

Up next is Hull on Wednesday evening at the KC Stadium, and Kuhl hopes the players start enjoying their football so the team can get back to winning ways, he said: "We're back in tomorrow and we'll be preparing for Wednesday. It's another tough away game but the lads have got to stand up and start enjoying playing the games and looking for the battles. That's part of the game.

"But there is a good group in there - so we've got to get them going, find one or two right things to do better and work hard. We have to make sure we work harder, compete harder and if things aren't going our way we have to stay in the games. We have to earn our luck."

News this morning means that shortly a new manager will be named, but Kuhl has enjoyed the experience of being interim at the club, "It was a fantastic experience. I wanted to kick every ball for them. It's my job now to pick these players up and get them going again. They're disappointed right now, but they've got to get over it.

"I'm sure the Board are trying to get something done on a new manager as quickly as possible and that the owners have a plan in place. They've been having meetings upon meetings, so I know a lot of hard work is going on behind the scenes."