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Scott Marshall staying at Reading despite Jose Gomes arrival

Scott Marshall staying at Reading despite Jose Gomes arrival
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Paul Clement was sacked earlier this month.

Reading caretaker manager Scott Marshall has been reassured of his future after the club appointed Jose Gomes as their new boss to replace the sacked Paul Clement.

In Marshall's last match in temporary charge, Reading lost 1-0 at home to Middlesbrough to make it seven matches without a win – three of them under Marshall.

Boro created a series of half chances throughout but had to wait until the 77th minute to snatch the winner.

Skipper George Friend arrived in the home area with perfect timing to turn in Paddy McNair's low cross.

Gomes watched the match and was appointed to his new role shortly after the end.

"I've been focusing mainly on the game," Marshall, the Reading Under-23s coach, said before Gomes' appointment had been confirmed.

"But I believe that there is something going on here. I've really enjoyed the experience. I've really enjoyed getting to know the players as a group.

"The new manager will be as keen to get as much information as possible from all sources. And I'll be in to training on Monday.

"The Championship is really competitive and there is some great quality in it. It is ferociously competitive to get out of."

Lowly Reading mustered little in attack, with Boro goalkeeper Darren Randolph enjoying a relatively comfortable afternoon.

"In the game, we had a couple of really good chances," Marshall added.

"It was always going to be important to get the first goal as Boro have got a great defensive record.

"We dominated the game for large periods and we had some good moments, especially in the second half.

"I would have loved us to have got in front. It would have been an entirely different game."

Boro ended a run of five matches without a win, keeping them in the promotion mix.

"When things are going well, everyone gets too excited," manager Tony Pulis said.

"When things aren't going well, everyone gets down in the dumps.

"Win, lose or draw – be happy when you win, smile when you lose. Because the smoke still goes up the same chimney."

On being criticised by some Boro fans for some of his substitutions, Pulis said: "I've been in the game so long to understand that everyone has their own opinion.

"I've been a year here now. We reached the play-offs last season and, this term, we got to the quarter-finals of a major cup competition and are fourth in the league at the moment.

"Management is difficult, whatever level you are at, what team you're at and what you're doing.

"English football is the greatest in the world because it's the most competitive.

"Week in, week out, it's tough and it's hard. But we've got an honest group. We need to add to it because there's a lack of real pace and power that we need to find.

"If we can do that, then we'll push on and we'll be fine. If we don't, then every game is going to be a tough one.

"But we looked really solid again today and we created good chances as well. Everything is nice and positive here at the moment.

"We produced some really good play today and I've got to be pleased with that."

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