Reading head coach Paul Clement has told the club website that they lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest today because they were unable to take their chances.

The Royals got off to a disappointing start as they lost to Derby County in their opening Sky Bet Championship match. But unfortunately for them, they were unable to bounce back against Derby’s East Midlands rivals. After holding out for most of the match, Forest were able to break through in the 68th minute when Hillal Soudani’s fantastic curling shot left Vito Mannone in the Reading goal with nothing to do but to watch it go in. And that was all that was needed to condemn Reading to another loss.

Clement bemoaned the loss but refused to blame it on bad luck. He believed it was because they weren’t able to take the chances they were given, especially one chance which saw Yakou Meite blast the ball right at Costel Pantilimon in the Forest goal rather than into the net.

He said: “The overall summary is that we created match-winning chances and didn’t take them.  That’ll be the difference,”

“The first goal always makes a big difference.  Today, even when we went behind, we tried to continue to create chances and we did.”

“But we have to convert better.  That’s two games where people will say that we played alright and deserved more, but we didn’t get more.”

“We’ll continue to try and build our performances, and we’ll turn that into results – whether that’s home or away.”

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