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'Today it did not work' Reading boss on Eastleigh cup shock and team selection

'Today it did not work' Reading boss on Eastleigh cup shock and team selection <i>(Image: JasonPIX)</i>
'Today it did not work' Reading boss on Eastleigh cup shock and team selection (Image: JasonPIX)

Reading were knocked out of FA Cup in round two after a 2-1 defeat to Eastleigh.

Here is reaction from manager Ruben Selles.

Selles on defeat

It is a cup game, and it was what we expected. We started well and we tried to do our connections and be in the last third as quickly as possible and control the second balls. I think we did that in some point there is a free kick and advantage, and we were not organised when they scored. The rest of the half was a bit irrelevant for us and in the second half, we controlled the game and scored the goal. We had situations to score one more but lost our structure in the last play of the game and to that has cost us a place in the next round.

Selles on first-half performance

We also had some situations from outside the box, but this is football. It was not a relief; we knew we needed to be better but it is a cup game and you need to be prepared for all scenarios.

Selles on squad selection

No, you know the policy we have with cups. I have been playing with this team and they have beaten Millwall away and drawn with Ipswich and had an excellent group stage in the EFL Trophy. We have kept with it as we usually do, to give an opportunity for the players working hard and today it did not work.

Selles on no Caylan Vickers

Sometimes we are playing with one striker, and I think the structure was okay. I was about to bring on another striker, Femi was causing a lot of problems on the right, Paul [Mukairu] was doing the same on the left. Harvey was arriving in the second lines and Sam Smith had power. Unfortunately, there is not space for everyone. Caylan has been working well, he was on the bench and an option, but we decided to go with another one.

Selles on no Sam Hutchinson

He is fit. Craigy is suspended for the cup game, and we decided to continue with him because he was doing well in League One.

Selles on Wednesday squad selection

We need to review it. We expect to have a competitive team, as usual, and that is what we will have.