Clement urges Reading FC to 'wake up and get going' after Wimbledon friendly defeat
- Jonathan Low
- 8 July 2018, 11:00
Royals manager Paul Clement. Credit: Eddie Greville
Reading FC boss Paul Clement says his side need to 'wake up and get going' following a second successive pre-season friendly defeat.
Royals lost 4-2 at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon - seven days after losing 2-1 at Eastleigh.
It is early days with the squad only back in training for the past two weeks, but Clement is calling on his side to buck up their ideas fast to ensure they fully prepare for the upcoming Championship season.
Speaking after the Wimbledon defeat, he said: "Clearly I'm not going to be happy when we lose any game - whether it's a team from the fifth division, the third division or a higher one than us.
"We want to try and win every game we play, whether it's a friendly, cup or league game. I'm clearly disappointed when we don't win.
"The players have worked two weeks really hard on the training ground so I can't have it both ways. They have given everything in training and arrive at games fresh and energetic - clearly there is a pattern.
"We started really well but then towards the end of the half the mistakes start to come in. It was the same in both halves.
"We've got to wake up and get going. The objective is still the same - arrive at the first game in tip top shape and need to have a really good idea about what the team is going to be.
"I've told the players in nearly every position across the team they are in competition with someone so they have to do better than the other as a person and as part of the team as well."
Liam Kelly for Reading. Credit: Eddie Greville
Clement put out two different teams - one in each half - at a stifling hot Cherry Red Records Stadium.
Royals went in at the break 2-0 down but clawed their way back into the game thanks to headers from Adrian Popa and Sam Smith.
But the Dons came back strongly late on with two fine strikes sealing the victory for the hosts.
Clement added: "I would say it was a similar story in both halves with the two teams - in the first half of the first half I thought there were some good signs without that real cutting edge or goalscoring edge.
"Then after the water break we had some lapses in concentration - basics that we have not dealt with. And then we are 2-0 behind and that affects our psychology.
"In the second half the team started really brightly and had what the first half did not have - some really good opportunities and the finishing which was good.
"But then we had the water break and it was the same thing. We got too squared and you give teams opportunities if you don't play in a compact way."
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