Nicholas makes scoring return
Nicholas Bignall this week made a goalscoring return after more than two years out injured.
The Academy graduate is doing his rehab with us on a non-contract basis, and scored during a 20-minute appearance for our under 21s.
He scored the final goal in a 4-2 win over Swindon Town, and he deserves great credit for working his way back to this point.
He told readingfc.co.uk after the game, “I’m really buzzing. It’s been a long time coming – two years and a few months I think. It was always on my mind when I came on – I just wanted to score a goal to cap it off, and obviously get through the 20 minutes. I’ve worked really hard to get back and I’m just happy it went so well.
“The first year was frustrating, and the second year was like ‘absolute focus on what I had to achieve’. This is only the first step, I’m not going to get too excited about 20 mins off the bench. But it’s a step in the right direction so I’m happy.
“I’ve been training for two months now. From the off, literally the first tackle in the game, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be out there! But they were very physical and I’m just happy to get through it.
“In my mind I just wanted to get into the box for every single attack like strikers should do. I just gambled on the cross, I think Dom intercepted it…I made room for a shot and luckily it came to me – I didn’t even look at the goal, just hit it first time because I was that close. Luckily it went through the ‘keeper's legs so I’m happy.
“With the fog you couldn’t really see like 20 yards ahead of you! I wanted to get the ball quite deep and shoot, try and catch the ‘keeper off but didn’t get chance. They were very bad conditions – I was quite worried that it would get called off on my comeback so I just hoped that it would hold out, and luckily I got my goal.
“I’m just trying to consolidate now, recover and get back to training. If I can get another game, I’ll be buzzing.”
His fellow striker Dominic Samuel playfully interrupted our interview with Nicholas and chimed in with words of praise for the frontman, saying, “It’s good to welcome him back in. I disguised the pass for his goal because I’ve got eyes everywhere! Three assists for me in one game – my brother [Biggsy] was playing so I thought I’d let him get the glory!”