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Patience a virtue for ALF

5 February 2013

Le Fondre knows importance of squad

Royals striker Adam Le Fondre says he understands the current system of the side - even if it means waiting for his chance in the starting line up.

Alfie will have seen his name in plenty of headlines in recent weeks and he has been nominated for the Barclays Premier League's Player of the Month award for January - but the modest striker was more than happy to hand the plaudits over to Saturday's match-winner - the vivacious Jimmy Kebe.

"Jimmy was terrific - his finish with his left foot was quality and then his header at the end was brilliant too - he deserves the plaudits. It's a trademark header - we've only just found out that he can head the ball!

"While you're on top you need to make the most of your opportunities - their 'keeper made a great save from Pav off a Hartey cross after Pav was unlucky in giving the penalty away.

"In the second half both sides had chances and thankfully we put the vital one away. We were relatively in control of the game and it was a massive three points."

With the Royals looking to take their convincing recent form to Stoke on Saturday, Alfie understands the workings of the current system and formation - accepting that he may have to bide his time for a place in the starting XI.

"I've got to do what's right for the team for the time being, until I can play in the team. Ever since I've come here I've wanted to play games - but the way things are going at the moment I've just got to bide my time and wait and see if we can play two up front.

"It's a long way to go to get called up by England. I've had a great month and I need to keep that up, in the long run I might get there - you never know. It is a target - we all have aspirations and it keeps me working hard.

"If you consider where we were before Christmas, everyone had written us off. We're still outside the relegation zone and we're dragging other teams into it.

"It should be a great game on Saturday. Obviously it's a tough place to go to - not many teams come away with points at the Britannia so I'm sure we'll go there strong and resolute. With the character we've got in the dressing room, I don't see why we can't go and get a result."

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