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Tom Field hoping team can 'bounce back' at Madejski

13 February 2017

Defender evaluates Preston game and calls for improvement at Reading

Tom Field is expecting The Bees to give a better performance against Reading on Tuesday night. The 19-year-old fullback spoke to Bees Player earlier today about mistakes at Preston, and how the team can get back to winning ways.

"I thought in the first half we were good, especially the first 20 minutes," said Tom, speaking about the 4-2 defeat at Deepdale, "but we allowed them to get back in the game with a sloppy mistake and a long range effort. I think that killed us a bit. If we'd have gone into half time one-nil up, we would have won the game. We'd have been comfortable in the second half."

"In the second half obviously there were a few sloppy defensive errors and the score was a bit flattering for Preston."

Tom had put the visitors one-nil up when he headed Jota's corner home at the near post, which might seem bittersweet when reflecting on the final score. Tom admitted that scoring goals at this level is always a special feeling.

"You still can't beat the feeling of scoring," said Tom. "Even if it's not contributing towards anything. At the time it was one-nil so it was still the best feeling.

"We'll just bounce back like we always do, we'll play well and hopefully get a result against Reading.

"There's always a chance, we're going to go out and press as high as we can to try and get some goals."

The Bees' last six league games have produced two wins, a draw and three defeats. Tom devoted some time to looking back at the last few weeks from the perspective of the whole squad.

"I think we've done well, especially against some big sides. We've done really well, especially at home. I think away we've been struggling a little bit but we need to sort that out and be a bit more consistent. So, if we play three good games we need to make sure it continues in the fourth as well and not just go three and then one and then three."

This season has seen Tom really break into Dean Smith's starting lineups and he's not been making it easy for the gaffer to drop him. Tom admitted that he is making the most of his current game time.

"I'm really enjoying it," he said. "Obviously, the first few games were at left wing-back so it was a bit more of receiving it as a winger. Now I'm receiving it as a full-back, I'm a lot more comfortable having a winger in front of me. I much prefer it and I think I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing and keep improving.

"I've got competition coming back in the form of Rico. I've said it before in loads of interviews, it's just going to make both of us better in the end. You'll get a better fullback at the end of it, hopefully that will be me."

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