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Neil Danns reflects on disappointing Reading reverse

22 November 2015

Midfielder speaks to club's official website following the final whistle at the Madejski Stadium

Speaking to following Wanderers’ narrow defeat to Reading on Saturday afternoon, Neil Danns couldn’t hide his frustration at leaving Berkshire empty handed.

Despite a dominant performance from the Whites inside the opening 25 minutes at the Madejski Stadium, the Whites were ultimately undone by two quick-fire goals by Reading with Liam Feeney’s late penalty kick proving scant consolation on the day.

And now with an eight day wait until their next league outing, Danns admitted that disappointment is just one of the emotions felt amongst the squad at present.

“You’re always disappointed to lose, but especially after the good start that we had, we know that we could have been at least two goals up in that time,” he explained.

“Given that, it was so frustrating to go behind and then concede again so quickly afterwards when we felt that we were on top in the game. We’re massively disappointed.”

He continued: “There probably is a bit of a confidence issue – we sat in the changing room afterwards and spoke about it because we desperately need to figure out why when we concede, we’re not just conceding the one goal.

“We know that we need to improve on that – we need to steady the ship and give ourselves a chance to stay in the game.

“In the first 25 minutes, we really thought it was going to be our day. Even in the second half, we probably dominated the ball more and you could see in the last ten minutes how much they were holding on. It’s just so frustrating.

“You only have to ask any teams that are down there at the moment and they’ll tell you that confidence is a massive thing.

“When you’re winning every week, it’s easy to get the ball back and go again, but obviously we’re in a hard position at the moment,” he said. “At the end of the day, we just all need to keep fighting.

“It’s tough times at the moment, but the boys are still confident that we can get ourselves out of this.

“We were in the same position a year ago and the gaffer rallied us which he’s doing now. I am positive that we’ll get ourselves out of this.

“At home, we’ve only lost one game and we’ve got one next Monday against Brentford and we have to put it right.”

Danns also paid tribute to the supporters who made the trip to Berkshire, praising them for their constant backing on a bitterly cold afternoon.

“The support we get from the fans is massive. Those who travel all this way, we so appreciate their backing and those who were there today will have seen that we are fighting and we are giving it our all. 

“It’s just not happening for us at the moment but we want to repay their faith and turn it around.

“We can’t keep saying the same things though after every game – as a player, you get embarrassed doing that. 

“Ultimately, you can keep saying things but we have to do something about it and our next game is massively important because it’ll only get worse if we don’t and that’s the last thing we want.”

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