Berkshire news Paunovic defends team selection as Reading bow out of Carabao Cup MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Royals' boss said there were 'a lot of positives' from the display
Breaking News ! Reading boss Veljko Paunovic insisted he had no regrets despite his side's 1-0 defeat by Luton Town in the Carabao Cup. The Serbian made 11 changes to the side that beat Derby last weekend and gave debuts to three players on the night at Madejski Stadium. Royals were undone by a first-half header from Jordan Clark and despite having four senior attacking players on the pitch, they were unable to find a way back into the game. Find out how you can get the latest news from BerkshireLive delivered straight to your inbox George Puscas, Sone Aluko, Marc McNulty and Sam Baldock all started the game but failed to grasp their opportunity of staking a claim for a first-team spot. Asked whether he expected more from the quartet, Paunovic said: "We all defend and we all attack. I did expect more from our attacking performance overall from everyone. "We didn't consistently bring the ball into the final third and finish the actions. "We lacked that in certain ways. We had initiative and control but we have to score goals. "We have to cover the finishing points. There were just no numbers in the box and it's something we have to improve. "It's understandable and we're not happy with it." Read More Related Articles Reading FC manager Veljko Paunovic on the Luton cup defeat, playing youngsters and Riquelme transfer Read More Related Articles McIntyre outstanding but attackers woeful - Reading FC player ratings after Luton Town defeat Academy midfielder Dejan Tetek was handed his debut while fellow youth products Nelson Abbey and Lynford Sackey came on in the second half for their first outings in a Royals shirt.
. Paunovic added: "It was important everyone keeps connected and engaged. We had a tough game on Saturday so some players needed to recover. "We have to build our form through the games. We always go out to win and I don't want anyone to judge the team because of the line up or the changes. "We were close and we weren't intimidated by our opponents. For me we were the better rival overall but this is football and we have to learn from our defeat." Recap all the action in our live blog here and see our player ratings here
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