Reading lost 1-0 to Luton Town on the final day of the 2021/22 Championship campaign.

A first-half stoppage time mistake from Orjan Nyland let Harry Cornick tuck the ball home and secure the Hatters' play-off position in which they'll face Huddersfield Town.

Here is every word from Royals manager Paul Ince after the match.


Ince on the goal and game

"I’m glad it wasn’t a game where we had to get something from, or we would’ve said more than oops. He made a wonderful save in the second half to tap it onto the bar, but it was a defining moment of the game. You don’t want to see any goalkeeper make a mistake, but these things happen, you just don’t hope they happen to you. At the end of the day, it’s something he’ll get over, he’s a big strong lad, he’ll be devasted. I was fine with him as he kept us in it in the second half. It’s one of those things, I’m just glad we didn’t need to win or draw to stay in the league and that’s a credit to those that have stuck with us.

Second half we played ever so well; we were the best team but couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net.  The pressure was off, and you tend to go deep but we had chances to at least equalise. I was disappointed we didn’t win the game, but I am pleased for Nathan.


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Ince on future

I’ve had very productive meetings with the owner, we’ve got some more talking to do but we know where we are next year. The fans know and we all know. It’s a wonderful club, the fans were all here today, the training ground is great, the facilities, everything is structured to get where we want to get to, but we’ve got a lot of work to do, and we’ve got to do it quick- whether that’s me in charge or someone else so we have to get moving.


Ince on enjoying the role

I never enjoy something until I’ve achieved it. What we’ve achieved is unbelievable thinking where they were when w e came in. It’s not just about us or the fans wanting Championship football, it’s the kit man, the admin girls, who if we go into League One lost their jobs. They’ve got mouths to feed, look at the effect its had on the whole club, it’s an amazing feat. We’ve had six or seven players out today so to stay in the league is a great achievement for everyone.


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Ince on Rashawn Scott

He did well. It’s the first time Yakou had really played so he was tired after 70 minutes. That’s what its all about, kids coming through. He equipped himself well, he didn’t look out of place with Kelvin on at right back. The fans want to see what our players we’re producing, and I thought he coped with it. He’s gone off to play in the Cup final. He’s a talented kid, if we can develop these lads it’s promising for the future of Reading.


Ince on Tom Holmes injury

Hamstring. Tom has been out for a few weeks, so it was great to have him back. Defensively we look a lot more solid with him in there but what we’ve been doing is trying to wrap people up and get them on the pitch. They’ve gone through brick walls for me.

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Ince on Ovie Ejaria performance

Ovie was unbelievable- if he keeps producing like that whoever comes in will be happy"