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Alfie aims to notch another

23 August 2013

Striker hoping to add to his tally

Striker Adam Le Fondre is looking forward to a trip to Bloomfield Road this weekend and the opportunity to get himself on another scoresheet this season.

"We've started well as a team and it's been nice to get a few goals early on - I should have had more to be honest," he told Reading Player.

"Considering the chances I've had and my own high standards, I should possibly have had three more goals; I had two chances at home against Watford last week and then the one at Bolton where the keeper made a good save.

"We've got an abundance of talent in midfield with Hal, Jobi, G-Mac, Royst, Guths, Jem...the list goes on. There's a real strength in depth here and if we keep creating chances I'm sure I'll score them."

His strike against Gianfranco Zola's men last Saturday could well be a contender for Goal of the Season in 2013-14, Le Fondre sweetly volleying Manuel Almunia's punch clear back into the top left corner to score a spectacular opener.

Asked what his thoughts were as the ball dropped to him on the edge of the box, Le Fondre smiled and said "Swing my foot as hard as I can and see where it goes!"

"Luckily for me, it flew in the top corner. I've done that a fair few times in training and it's not been the same result. But it's fantastic when you get one right.

"As a footballer, unless you're a phenomenon like a Messi or a Bale, you've always got to be looking to improve. And it's something I work on a lot, finishing with both my right and my left foot. So it's nice when that hard work comes to fruition."

The Royals now face three away trips within a week, starting with a journey to Blackpool this weekend. "They are long journeys away but I think we're mentally strong enough to cope with the rigours of the Championship. We're more than aware of the demands that come with this league and we're more than ready for it.

"Blackpool always seem to have a really good squad and, with the likes of Tom Ince and Matty Phillips, they have two quality wingers in their side. It's going to be a tough test for us but I hope we come up trumps."

Our online TV station also asked Alfie if he'd seen footage of our under-18s midfielder Liam Kelly scoring a stunning free-kick last weekend.

"I've seen it - we tried that free-kick once when I was at Rotherham, I rolled it off to someone and he hit the stand. So it was a nice free kick.

"As for me trying it, I'm not allowed near the ball for free kicks! I've just got to stay in the box and look for rebounds."

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