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28 March 2014

Defender takes positives from Tuesday night

Paul Dixon believes that Town are moving in the right direction following the point gained against Middlesbrough.

Town’s previous performances against Blackpool and Blackburn had been below par and despite gifting Boro two goals on Tuesday, Dixon could see positives. 

“Tuesday night was better,” the Scotsman said. “Other than the individual errors, I think we controlled the game. We went ahead twice which is a positive and it is just unfortunate at the moment that our mistakes are being punished.

“Alex Smithies barely had a save to make; they didn’t cause us too many problems. There were positive signs that we need to take into tomorrow’s match.

“It was a point in the right direction and everyone is precious. We want to pick up three on Saturday and hopefully with a good performance we can do that." 

The left-back featured when Town clashed with Reading earlier in the season, in a game when the Royals were lucky to leave Huddersfield with the three points.

Billy Sharp’s first half header earned the Royals the win despite them being on the back foot for much of the match.

“That was definitely a game which we deserved more from,” reflected Dixon. “We created a lot of chances, but at the end of the day you have to take them. Hopefully we can do that on Saturday. 

“We haven’t picked up the results we should have done against the top teams, despite playing well against them,” he added. “The aforementioned game against Reading is a good example of that. It would make a massive difference, but I do believe that the Middlesbrough point was a step forward from the poor performance at Blackpool.”

Reading haven’t won at home in five matches with relegation threatened Barnsley earning a 3-1 victory at the Madejski on Tuesday night: “We are well accustomed to the Championship now and its unpredictability. Barnsley and Yeovil both picked up good results in midweek and Barnsley proved that Reading can be beaten.”  

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