Former Royals striker pays tribute
Former Royals star Shane Long paid tribute to the travelling Reading supporters who gave the striker an excellent reception at the Hawthorns.
‘Longy’ was applauded by Royals faithful when he came on as a 65th minute substitute during the Baggies’ 1-0 win – and the Ireland international had mixed emotions when he came up against his old team mates.
“It was very strange playing against Reading,” he said. “It was a game that I looked at first when the fixtures came out and it was fantastic for the fans to sing my name and I thank them for that.
“To come on and try to score against my old club wasn't easy - but I’m a West Brom player now so it had to be business as usual.
“It was nice to get Jem Karacan’s shirt at the end - I’m still friends with a lot of the lads and the coaching staff. I suppose I have got a few bragging rights now!”
Long was a key figure in the Royals' first ever season in the top flight, and sees no reason why Brian McDermott's men can't succeed this time around.
“The table is harsh on Reading. If you look at their games, they got a good point against Stoke – Hartey could’ve won it with a free-kick. At Chelsea they were very unlucky not to get something out of the game and then they had 25 days without a game which was tough.
“Once you get on a roll you can win two or three on the bounce and I’m sure they can do that. I know the players really well and I know the quality they’ve got and I really believe they will do well.”