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Keen: The Better Team On The Night Lost

Reading assistant manager Kevin Keen took on the media after the defeat to Bournemouth, here is what he had to say.

This is Kevin Keen back in 2000, not last night. Obviously.
This is Kevin Keen back in 2000, not last night. Obviously.
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Steve Clarke didn’t speak to the media last night, so left it to his assistant Kevin Keen to discuss our 1-0 defeat to league leaders Bournemouth.

The Cherries scored in the fourth minute with Callum Wilson adding to his tally, Reading pushed throughout to get a point, but Bournemouth just held on.

Keen told the official club website and press:

"Throughout the game I thought we had a real go."

"The start was disappointing, they came out firing and managed to score, but then we had a real go and showed the integrity of the club and the League.

"I think the better team on the night probably lost, but the best team throughout the season is going to go up to the Premier League, and all credit to them.

Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc made a fantastic save to deny a Jamie Mackie volley in the first half, we did also create other chances that didn't really test Bournemouth, Keen added:

"They showed they are a good team, but little things like the keeper’s save in the first half from Jamie, a fantastic save. That turned the game, an amazing save.

"We had two or three other efforts blocked, had a real go, and it was a really good performance against what’s going to be the best team in the league.

"So lots of positives, really disappointed we lost after three unbeaten, but it was a big effort from us so credit to the boys. We had some really good individual performances."

Now, we move on to Saturday, a huge game in the clubs history when Reading play Arsenal in the FA Cup Semi Final at Wembley.

"It’s going to be really interesting.

"We’re going to embrace it and enjoy it – but we are going there to try to win."