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James Crawley


Posted Saturday, November 3rd 2018

‘We gave everything’ - Holden

Dean Holden watched on as City twice battled from behind against Reading but admitted that they did not defend well enough as a team. 

Marlon Pack and Josh Brownhill netted to make the scores 2-2 at half-time but Leandro Bacuna broke forward before tucking in to secure a Royals 3-2 win after the break.

City pressed for a third equaliser and perhaps more but the post denied Brownhill, before Reading shotstopper Sam Walker denied Andreas Weimann late on in the Madejski Stadium.

Holden said: “Ultimately, we haven’t defended well enough, certainly for two of their goals.

“The second goal was a screamer into the top corner. We could have put pressure on them higher up but we should have defended better against the other two goals.

“When you conceded three goals away from home it is always going to be a struggle.”

He added: “To concede three goals away from home is not like us.”

Jack Hunt drove forward, faking a shot before sliding in Pack to make it 1-1, before Brownhill headed in Niclas Eliasson’s cross to instantly equalise for 2-2.

And Holden believes City could have had more from the match.

“We have scored two very good goals today, certainly with the first,” the assistant head coach said.

“It was a good bit of play with Hunt and Pack’s good finish. We battled hard for the second one and I felt we were on the wrong side of a penalty decision, when Webby [Adam Webster] took a kick to the face before half-time.

“At 2-2 at half-time we would certainly have taken a point but we felt like we wanted to go on the front foot and take the game to Reading.

“We created a hatful of chances but the third goal was tough to concede but even after that we had chances.

“The lads gave everything but ultimately it wasn’t to be.”

He continued: “We’ll sit down and go through the performance with the players.

"We’ll look at the good things, what we did well and there was plenty of that. Ultimately, it’s about results and there were a few frailties at the back from us after we have been quite solid for most of the season.”