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"Goal was for the fans"

5 April 2014

Matchwinner on sharing his joy with our supporters

The away fans sang his name long after the final whistle; Danny Williams' thunderbolt strike had settled a scrappy affair at The Valley and earned the Royals all three vital points away from home.

And the US international midfielder couldn't hide his jubilation after finding the top corner to earn his side maximum points this afternoon, celebrating by jumping the advertising boards and jumping into the visiting supporters.

"It was just emotional. I'm a very emotional guy when it comes to football," he told Reading FC Player after the 1-0 win.

"That's why I'm always saying how important it is that the crowd is behind us - I am a player who really recognises the impact it can have...I feel it on the pitch.

"And today I wanted to share my emotions with the fans, because I thought they did a great job today. I just wanted to give them something back."

The celebration earned Williams a yellow card, something manager Nigel Adkins joked he might have to fine him for after the win. "I don't mind!" Williams smiled.

"If it means I can score a goal, if will jump into the crowd and the manager can fine me, I'm happy with that. Saying that...I will talk to him tomorrow!" the midfielder laughed.

Nothing could wipe the grin from Williams' face after what was a fantastic result. "It was a great win, important I think.

"A lot of gratitude has to go to the team, we put in a great shift today and we are five points clear now. I'm really happy.

"It was a great feeling to score the goal, especially as it was only 1-0 and for me I have suffered with an injury for the last three or four weeks so I was pleased I could help the team again - but it didn't matter who scored, it was more important that the team won."

Now the Royals have to repeat the feat at in-form Bournemouth on Tuesday night to keep the chase for a play-off place on track. "They are under pressure like us. Everybody wants to win this game.

"Away from home, especially in the last five or six games, we are one of the top teams and we have a lot of confidence - I think you can see that on the pitch. We know we are strong enough and we're looking forward to it."

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