Key quotes from Paul Ince as Reading lose but secure safety
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Reading may have slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Hull City, but their Championship status is confirmed for next year with other results going their way.

Reading grew into a slow starting game but never recovered from conceding just before half time. After the game though, Paul Ince was riled by his first question from one reporter who suggested he might be disappointed with the result, but happy that Reading stayed up.

Here’s what he had to say.

  • “All you lot worry about us results”

That’s a pathetic question,” he began his press conference by saying. “All you lot worry about is results. We’ve managed to survive in the Championship. Two months ago, we were down, and our players have kept us up.

I don’t want people to talk about disappointment, it’s a positive time for the staff who work their tripe off. You guys don’t see that. Yes, we can’t win every game, but our fans will not be disappointed.

  • “I’m proud that I’ve managed to keep our players in this league”

I’m proud that I’ve managed to keep our players in this league. I’m proud for the staff who would have been worried about their jobs if we went down a league. I’m managing the players but the staff who have families to feed. That was my objective.

The lads have learned and progressed in such a short space of time. We’ve lost half our team, look at the bench – we’ve got kids on there. We allowed ourselves to not rely on others. Others didn’t get the results that we get.”

  • ”We haven’t got the luxury of changing players”

We haven’t got the luxury of changing players, we have too many injuries. We can relax a bit – we have 12 players out of contract. The club needs to rebuild on and off the park.

Nothing will be address about the future until after Luton. At the end of the day there’s a lot that need to be discussed. I don’t want to think about football for a couple of days.

  • ”The owner doesn’t need to thank me, he needs to thank the players”

The owner doesn’t need to thank me – he needs to thank the players and the staff. I’m proud of the players, so proud of them. Sometimes staying up is sometimes as good as going up. It’s a big achievement for me. As a manager it’s up there, especially in the short space of time we’ve had.

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