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Why Reading boss Paul Ince praised Sheffield United chief Paul Heckingbottom after Bramall Lane win UK News

Reading, who are 21st in the table, ran out deserved winners 2-1 through Tom McIntyre’s added-time winner after Iliman Ndiaye appeared to save a point for sixth-placed Blades.

The Royals had been leading since the first half thanks to ex-Owl Lucas Joao’s superb finish, and United can’t complain about the result – although they will feel aggrieved by the way it played out.

“It was a fantastic performance from the boys. They have gradually improved, today was the best I have seen them play under me,” said former England international Ince.

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“He had all the components. Defending well and we separated them with the ball. They were a good team and that’s what you need against these top teams.

“Sheffield United are a top team, they haven’t lost here for so long and you can see what a big result this is for us and I have to say deserved.

“We had great chances and we could have put the game to bed. We just had to be more ruthless.

Paul Ince is Reading manager: Clint Hughes/Getty Images

“Our football deserved to be rewarded with more goals and to be fair to Paul, he said, the better team won. I like that, a lot of managers say nonsense after the game but he said we were the best team and deserved to win, which I thank him for.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-15 17:03:35

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