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Taylor on 'special' day

18 August 2014

First goal for Welshman

Jake Taylor hailed a ‘special’ day after his first goal in Reading colours sealed a 1-0 win for Nigel Adkins’ men over Ipswich Town this past weekend.

The 22-year-old cleverly dinked home from a tight angle after chasing down Chris Gunter’s long ball, and spoke to Reading FC Player at the full time whistle.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to score my first goal and to do it in front of our home crowd, and win the game 1-0 – it’s a special moment,” said Jake.

“I don’t remember too much of it! Gunts told me he played the ball over, I’ve seen the it bounce and thankfully tucked it away. Then we held on for the three points which topped it off. We want to make Madejski Stadium our fortress and pick up as many points as we can here.”

Finding the back of the net isn’t an unfamiliar feeling for the Welshman. Records show that he scored 15 times in just 16 (+2) starts for the under 18s in his final season in the Academy, and Taylor is aiming to build on his opener against the Tractorboys.

“When I was in the youth team I scored quite a few goals, and when I’ve been on loan I’ve scored a couple as well – that’s something I can definitely add to my game coming into the first team. That would help the team out and it’s something I’m looking to do.”

Finally – Jake touched once again on the core of Academy graduates currently breaking into the Royals first team, with 12 in total named in the matchday squad of 18 on Saturday. They included his close friend Michael Hector, who picked up the man of the match award after an impressive display at centre half.

“It’s fantastic looking over and seeing the likes of Coops and Stacey coming on today, they did fantastically as well. It really shows that the club are willing to give you a chance if you’re good enough and there’s a real togetherness. I don’t want to give him (Hector) too much praise as his head will get very big! But he was fantastic today too, you know he can do that as he’s a good footballer – but he showed the other side of his game today, winning headers and kicking it a bit. He was brilliant.”


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