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Paul Clement: Bad Mistakes Cost Reading The Birmingham Game

Here’s what the manager put Tuesday night’s loss down to.

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After the hard work that the Royals put in on Saturday against Millwall, it was important for the team to capitalise on that win and move onto Birmingham City in a positive frame of mind and looking to pick up our first back-to-back win of the season.

The Royals performed well in the first half against The Blues, but didn’t put away their chances, which later cost them. Birmingham came out much the stronger in the second half, and Reading conceded shortly after the half time after a poor ball led to the needless corner which put Birmingham ahead. They made it two shortly after through Lukas Jutkiewicz, although Yakou Meite scored a late consolation to make it 2-1.

Paul Clement was disappointed with the result and felt that big mistakes cost us the game. He spoke to the official club website and GetReading.

Clement on the performance

“I think some of our football was good and we didn’t play badly on the night. We just made a couple of bad mistakes which cost us.

”Birmingham play in a certain way that if you make those kind of mistakes, they punish you. They set up very compact and they are a team who play on your mistakes. They set their little traps and they’re waiting for you to make an error and then they capitalise on those errors. That’s the story of the night.”

Clement on winning games in the Championship

“It’s really difficult to win games at this level if you don’t eliminate those errors. And it’s not like they carved us apart and you can hold your hands up and say they scored a really good goal, we gifted them the goals with mistakes.”

Clement on creating chances

”We created chances. We had chances at 0-0, at 1-0 down, at 2-0 down, we certainly could have got back into the game. If we’d been more clinical and got a first half lead or an equaliser, it would have been a much easier evening. But in the end, big mistakes have cost us.

”And that’s the story of our season at the moment. We do something good like winning at the weekend and then we don’t follow it up.”

Clement on not capitalising on wins

”We took a step forward and now it’s another step back. We’re finding it really difficult to string together performances and results. Back-to-back wins can make such a difference at this level and we’ve not managed to do that.

”And we’re disappointed tonight because I feel it was a missed opportunity. I thought it would be a difficult game because they are very hard to beat. Statistics show us that.

”But as I saw the game developing, how we were playing and how they were playing, I thought we had a good chance of coming away with an away win.”

Clement on Swansea City

“We move on and we have another tough game at Swansea on Saturday. If we get a good result we can say we’ve had a good week. So we have to recover, reflect on tonight’s mistakes and prepare for another very difficult away game.”

Clement on Modou Barrow

“We’ll see if he comes back in on Saturday.

”It’s a big squad with competition for places all over the pitch but particularly in the wide areas. Mathematically the 30 which I have got do not go into 18. And 18 doesn’t go into 11 so as the manager I have the right to choose the right individuals to play.

”I know him from my time at Swansea City so I know what he is capable of. But there are also some matters which are difficult for me to discuss and I don’t want to talk about them publicly.

“They are private matters which I want to deal with - it’s not as simple as it might sound.”