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Steve Clarke On Reading FC: "I'm Not Worried"

Find out why Reading manager Steve Clarke was happy with his team's performance at Sheffield Wednesday and what he had to say on the mistake that cost them the win.

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It was an evening of a good performance and a frustrating result after the Royals conceded a late equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday last night.

Danny Williams scored early in the second half for us to take the lead, but a mistake from Jonathan Bond right at the death meant that it was honours even at Hillsborough.

Steve Clarke was pleased with the performance and that he believes our first win is just around the corner, he told the Official Club website, "It was another very good performance.

"I've just said to them at the end of the game, that if they perform like that we'll be at the right end of the table come May.

"The team looks good, the shape looks good, we bossed the game from almost start to finish. We were really unlucky. And I think the reaction from their coaching staff, saying they'd robbed us a little bit, tells you everything.

"We were solid at the back as a four. The midfield four in front of them were doing their jobs properly, denying the opposition space. The front two worked ever so hard tonight. This is the platform you need to win matches. And trust me the wins will come."

Clarke also spoke about Bond after his error and how he is not worried with our start to the season, he added: "One mistake can punish you at any level,

"It was a big mistake at the end that cost us three points. But over the course of the season, your goalkeeper will make mistakes. It has happened before, it will happen again. Goalkeepers will always make mistakes and normally, when they do, it leads to a goal or a big incident.

"Jonathan's a young boy, who has got to learn to get those mistakes out of his game. I'm sure that throughout this season, he'll make saves and win us games to earn those points back. This is the life of a goalkeeper.

"And there's no point looking back, saying 'what if'. If the performances were poor and we weren't doing enough in matches, I'd be worried. I'm not worried.

"I look at the team and I see a good team. I didn't always see that last season. They know what they're doing, they know what they're trying to do, we just need a little break - and if we get a break I think we can go on a good winning run.

"Every match we've played this season, we've played well. We're not getting the rub of the green at the moment. But if that performance level stays the same we'll start to pick up three points rather than one."