Reading FC striker assesses ‘one-dimensional’ threat from Wigan

Reading match winner Tom Ince felt his side deserved more than victory, against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

The 30-year-old appeared with the game’s only goal just after the hour mark, curling a fine free-kick past the helpless Ben Amos to see the Royals climb to third place ahead of the international break.

Coming into the game after a heavy 3-0 home defeat to Sunderland, the first half at DW Stadium was all about fighting and staying in the game.

A much more open half followed, with both teams having multiple chances to find the net.

Yakou Meite and Ince could have scored more goals, while Charlie Wyke and Will Keane came close for the Latics.

Speaking to BBC Berkshire after the game, the midfielder explained how they plan to bounce back from the loss to Black Cat.

“We had to have a bit of reality, and I think that was good in that Sunderland came on and showed we still have a long way to go,” he said. “Time and time again you saw at the start of this season the reaction of the team. Coming here and fighting. It’s a very one-dimensional team: they get time and try to get knocked down, but we had to battle, and we knew we had quality elements to win the game.

“I think we probably deserved it. The first half wasn’t the most entertaining game to watch, but for us it was all about staying in the game. On Wednesday we left ourselves too much behind. open spaces, today we seemed much more compact and managed their Airborne Threat.

“I thought we had the better chances – I know they hit the post and had a few half chances, but as far as clean chances to put the game to bed, we deserved to win.

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