Although most attention is on the new boss, Jose Gomes, Reading had a game to play yesterday. Unfortunately it was another defeat, this team a 1-0 reverse at home to Middlesbrough. In the end, a goal from defender George Friend was enough to see Tony Pulis’ side take all three points back to the north east.
Scott Marshall had made a couple of changes to the side, most noticeably bringing in another academy player in Gabriel Osho, and also the return of Omar Richards. There were definitely positives to take out of the Royals’ display, and we deserved to take at least a point, but George Friend gave Boro the lead late on to take home three points.
Marshall can now return to his under-23 duties, but here is what he had to say after Saturday’s fixture, speaking to Football.London after the game.
Marshall on how the game went
“We had a couple of really good chances in the game - one in the first five minutes and one in the last five minutes. If we took them (we would have won) so it’s fine margins.
“There was a big thing about getting the first goal - that was always going to be important because Middlesbrough have got a great defensive record.”
Marshall on Reading’s chances
“We had a few chances to go in front and dominated the game for large periods.
“We had some good moments in the second half and had a few penalty appeals. I’ve not seen them back but there were certainly enough appeals for one of them.”
Marshall on his time as interim manager
“I’ve really enjoyed the experience. The lads have been really good and I have enjoyed getting to know them.
“It’s been positive all round. I’ve got to mention Nigel Gibbs, Michael Gilkes and Dave Beasant as well who were put in quite a difficult situation but were really professional.
“They supported me throughout which was fantastic from a personal point of view. And being on the frontline and having the nerves jangling, being part of first team football has been good.
Marshall on the club’s future
“There are some good players at the club and there’s a spirit and togetherness so that’s encouraging. The boys are ready to work - and have been working well - so there are some promising signs.
“They have to stick together as they are a lot of games coming up. There are lot of points to fight for so I told them ‘bounce’ quickly, don’t dwell on anything in terms of disappointment after a game.
“There is a focus to get back out there already.”