Double goal hero reveals reasons behind half time transformation
Adam Le Fondre
led a second half onslaught that saw the Royals come from behind to beat high-flying Everton at Madejski Stadium this afternoon.
And after two goals, the goal-hungry striker was rightly delighted with his day's work. "I've done my job today!" he smiled.
"It's a magnificent result for us. We've been working hard all season to get that win and we've been in some great positions so far this season and not finished teams off.
"Today, we did. We defended brilliantly and attacked well, as a team. And it paid off."
The Toffees were bossing things in a first half which saw Steven Naismith steal in to give the visitors the lead. But a second half transformation saw Brian McDermott's men battle back and earn their first Barclays Premier League win of the season with a 79th minute penalty from Alfie.
"I didn't think there was much in it in the first half, but they were playing some good football and creating chances, which was a problem for us. I had a good chance just after they scored which I should have done better with actually.
"At half-time, we had a word with ourselves and said 'we need to play the Reading way'. That is what got us promoted to the Premier League after all.
"The gaffer was brilliant. He just tells you what you need to do. We just wanted to get a bit higher up the pitch, press a little higher from midfield and defence and shut down better and be more compact in the spaces in between.
"Coming out for that second half, I'm sure everyone could see a massive difference. We absolutely battered Everton for a time and we fully deserved our win.
"And if I get a penalty I tend to score them. I brought it down on my chest and a player barged into my back. I was feeling a little bit of cramp so I thought 'I'm not looking for any corners here, I'll just put it down the middle.'
Now, with the first three points under our belt, the Royals prepare for a big game at Wigan next weekend.
"It's a massive relief for all of us, we've got the three points and it's a monkey off our backs as they say.
"We need to build on that result and look to go from strength to strength. We can't wait for Wigan next weekend now, we'll hopefully take this momentum up there with us."