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3 September 2012

Jay's treble ends goal drought

Jay Tabb found his goalscoring boots in style this afternoon - and, like buses in London, with one came three!

It's fair to say that the Royals midfielder is not renowned for his goalscoring exploits in blue and white hoops, but at the Carlisle Grounds this afternoon Tabby bagged an excellent hat-trick!

"I haven't scored since October 2008 - and yet the gaffer has just told me that I'm starting up front against Spurs!" he joked after our 8-1 win in Bray.

"I thought we started really well and we could have scored three or four early on. But then they scored, which knocked us back a bit.

"But what the gaffer asked of us before the game is that we come away from the game with our reputations held, and I think that's what we did.

"We were up early this morning to catch a flight and it has been quite a long day - it would have been easy to come here and to have not given it our all. 

"But you can see from the way we closed them down and approached the game from the off, that our attitude was good and we got our rewards from it.

"It turned out to be a good exercise for us in the end. It was good for a lot of the lads to get ninety minutes in, some of the lads who haven't featured much so far this season.

"And this is a nice lead into the Tottenham game, we look forward to the game with a bit of confidence and a good work out behind us."

Tabb was one of a large Irish contingent turning out for the Royals today, lining up alongside Ian Harte, Noel Hunt, Alex Pearce, Sean Long and Bray defender Pierce Sweeney.

"My mum's side of the family are Irish and I've got a lot of friends and family over here," he said.

"I always love coming here, so today I would have been happy with one to be honest.

"To get three was obviously a massive bonus - I'm sure I'll be allowed a pint of Guinness to celebrate tonight!"

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