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Grayson: Quality Is Missing At Times

Manager Reflects On FA Cup Deafet To Reading

14 January 2020

Simon Grayson says he can’t fault his players work rate and determination to succeed, but that a lack of quality is what is missing at times.

Reading knocked the Seasiders out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory at Bloomfield Road, with Blackpool struggling to find the back of the net, despite creating many chances throughout the match.

“I sound like a broken record, but it’s a case of the quality lacking at times again,” Grayson admitted.

“I can’t fault the players’ work rate and attitude, as that’s been good. But when we’re under pressure we give it away too cheaply and end up making the wrong decisions. We didn’t have any pride when we had the ball and didn’t take our chances when we had them.

“We got punished tonight against a good Championship side. Yes, Reading changed their team, but their forward players had real quality and showed a real good ability.

“It’s important, when we’re in a sticky patch like this, that we stick together. We’ll go to Lincoln at the weekend, dig deep and push on together.”


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