Sun 03 January 2021 | 9:22

Paunovic: We have a huge improvement in our mentality and confidence

Reading manager is optimistic about his team’s form after their 2-1 victory against Huddersfield on Saturday.

For the first time under

Veljko Paunovic

’s management,


managed to win a match after initially going behind. Fraizer Campbell’s early opener for


was nullified by an impressive second-half brace from

Lucas Joao

who sealed another victory for The Royals. In a post-match interview, Paunovic has spoken about his team’s performance and their mentality as a team.

“We know we win a lot when we take the lead first, but we knew due to the data that when we concede first we’re not capable of winning usually.

“We needed to improve that and to be honest I’ve heard that’s been a problem (for the club) in the past.

“We are addressing that now. It was a fantastic win and especially coming from behind.

“Conceding early affected our plans, but we put in one of the best performances this season.

“I’m so excited with the performance that we put in and am grateful for everything they did today.

“This is a huge improvement in our identity and mentality. Belief will only grow now.”

Asked about Joao’s performance, Paunovic responded:

“His performance was fantastic. I was impressed with his fitness and, after a three-week injury, this sharpness and form was great to see.

“He played 75 minutes and he almost played a perfect game.”

source: SportMob

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