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Ruben Selles On ‘Difficult’ Away Win At Stevenage

The Royals had to dig in and fight, but they got the job done with a 1-0 win at Stevenage on Tuesday evening.

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The Royals picked up a heroic win in difficult conditions against Stevenage on Tuesday night. A Stevenage own goal right on half-time put Reading ahead, with the boys holding on to pick up a huge three points to take us out of the relegation zone.

With big games ahead against Charlton Athletic and Fleetwood Town, this is a brilliant result and one that we must capitalise on. Manager Ruben Selles said the players have been working hard and deserved the win. Here is what he had to say; he spoke to the Reading Chronicle.

Selles on the win

The goal came from a throw-in from Amadou Mbengue we were working on and we had some situations where if we worked it better we could have scored at least one more goal.”

Selles on the team reaction

“It was very important for the team to get points. I think the situation we are in off the pitch makes those victories even more important and the boys have been working hard for it. They deserved the victory.”

Selles on three changes

“It was entirely tactical. It was not a rest. Clinton Mola, Charlie Savage and Kelvin [Ehibhatiomhan] made an impact on the game. In left-back, we needed to be more dynamic in the build-up, so we put Clinton there. We played with a double six, the best position for Charlie, and he showed his qualities. Kelvin has been working fantastically and to have one more header in the box.”

Selles on moving out of the relegation zone

“We take one day at a time. Tomorrow the boys have the day off to rest and Thursday-Friday we will prepare as we do usually. We will be ready for the challenge.

“We talk always about not looking too much at the table. We didn’t do it when we were down there in the bottom, and I don’t think we should do it now. It’s always good to be out of the relegation zone but for me, it is better the way we are doing it and performing. We need to continue with the same philosophy, one thing at a time and try to be the best version we can be.”