Gomes happy despite Royals’ Cup shoot-out exit
Reading manager Jose Gomes felt his side “controlled” parts of their Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out exit at Premier League Wolves on Wednesday.
Midfielder Jordao put Wolves ahead in the third-round tie with a low drive from 20 yards that somehow squirmed through goalkeeper Joao Virginia in the 28th minute before being carried off just 13 minutes later.
Lucas Boye headed Reading level in the ninth minute of time added on after substitute Shabani – another Wolves debutant – was forced off.
In the shootout, captain for the night Ruben Neves, Jese Vallejo, Ryan Bennett and Ruben Vinagre kept their nerve to score for Wolves, while substitute George Puscas and Matt Miazga netted for the visitors and John Swift’s effort was saved by John Ruddy and Boye ballooned over.
Reading FC boss Jose Gomes on being beaten at Wolves, Virginia mistake and skipper Meite
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Gomes, who vowed to help Virginia “recover” from his error in the Wolves’ goal was happy with the Royals’ overall performance.
“We didn’t deserve to be 1-0 down at half-time. It was a lucky goal for Wolverhampton,” he said.
“The second half was completely different. We controlled the game and created a lot of chances and recovered the ball very quickly. We could have scored before the goal but we didn’t. Wolverhampton were better at us in the penalties.”