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Daniels: Let's Put Things Right

24 October 2014

Defender Determined To Bounce Back

Donervon Daniels hopes that the players can channel their emotions and frustrations into a positive performance and result at Reading this weekend.

Tensions were running high after a narrow midweek defeat to Derby County, yet that just highlights how much people care and want to turn things around.

"We are all winners and we wouldn't be in this industry if we didn't have that hunger to win," Daniels said. "The Gaffer wouldn't put anyone on the field who he didn't think has desire.

"Tuesday was frustrating but I think the frustration showed we are all going to be chomping at the bit against Reading to put things right. We are all now focused about what's to come at Reading."

Quick to praise the fans for sticking with the players, the 20-year-old says it is now up to the lads to repay that faith moving forward.

"The fans have been fantastic as they've kept behind us, no matter the result. All the lads appreciate that, we owe a lot to them," he admitted.

In recent games the defender has been utilised at right-back, with his performance against Derby on Tuesday night recognised with the Beaverbrooks Man of the Match award. Set to feature there again tomorrow with Tony McMahon suspended, it's a role he's happy to occupy.

"I am enjoying playing at right-back. It's a good opportunity for me to say I'm a versatile player and not just a big lump of a centre-half.

"From an individual point of view I'm pleased. I've come up against good players so far and I think I've done well.

"I've played there at youth level and worked on it in training. You just be a defender first at right-back, so I've been fine with that.

"As for going forward, I believe I am technically capable enough to play the position. I wouldn't say I'm Phillip Lahm at it, but I'm improving and I'm just looking to continue to put in performances," he added. 

 

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