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Billy: "I felt Sharp!"

4 December 2013

Striker talks after his first goal

Sharp by name and sharp by nature - the striker was delighted with his first goal for Reading, an important three points and another clean sheet on the board.

On his full debut, Billy Sharp found the back of the net from range after 14 minutes on Tuesday night, which turned out to be the only goal of the game as the Royals saw off Charlton at Madejski Stadium to secure a victory that moves them up to 4th place in the Sky Bet Championship.

"Yeah, I felt Sharp," Billy told Reading FC Player, with no pun intended. "My calves were tightening up just before I came off but I think I could have got through the game. The pleasing thing is that we've kept another clean sheet and got another three points.

"I was pleased with the goal, I really enjoyed the game. It was nice to get a start and I'm really pleased that we were able to get the three points as well, that's the main thing.

"It's been stop-start for me. I haven't played football for a long time and the gaffer has been wary of that. The lads have done really well on the pitch too so I've had to be patient."

The front man also had praised for our back four and goalkeeper who were resolute throughout, and is hoping for a third win in succession this Saturday when Bournemouth come to Berkshire.

"I thought Alex (McCarthy) made a great save before half time and the back four were tremendous. With half an hour to go we had a lot of balls into the box and they headed everything. They looked really solid and I think they'll be really pleased with that performance.

"It's about keeping on picking up the points, try and win as many games as we can at home. It's our place, and if we can back two wins up with another on Saturday then it'll be a great week."

"We feel really confident and strong at home. We know Bournemouth are going to give us a tough game but with the way we're playing and how solid we are at the back and going forward we'll be causing them a lot of problems."


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