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Cox pleased to end year with big win

30 December 2014

Victory gives us 'a good base to build on'

Royals striker Simon Cox was delighted to resume his place at the top of the club's goalscoring charts on Sunday, but even more thrilled with the win that ended 2014 in positive fashion.

"That’s capped off three good performances in the last week or so and we probably deserved at least six points from those games - but we’ll take four knowing that it gives us a good platform to build from.

"The Norwich result was a big win for us. We’ve got two wins against them this season now, a team who I'm sure believe they deserve to be in the Premier League. So we can go into the new year on the back of a very encouraging win."

Cox finished off a slick move that resulted in a left-footed finish that made it 2-0 to the hosts at Madejski Stadium two days ago, and the former Academy starlet is confident we are moving in the right direction to turn things around in 2015.

"We probably haven’t got what we deserved in recent weeks, but we look a lot more solid now. We’ve got back to defending properly. When needs must, if it has to go into Row Z for you to regroup, then that’s what has to happen. It might not be pretty at times, but when it has to go out, it has to go out.

"Attacking-wise, we’re probably not as open and as fluid as we want to be just yet, but as I said it’s a good base to build from.

"We tried to go and win the ball back as high up the pitch as possible, because once you do that you give yourselves a great opportunity to create chances and score goals. And that's what we did.

"When we attacked, we got in at their back four, and it was just a question of whether we could create a chance to score a goal. Thankfully, it ended up in the back of the net."

Norwich got back into the game in controversial cirsumstances, and Cox remained bemused by Bradley Johnson's strike after the match. "I don’t really know what happened," he said.

"As far as we were concerned, we were trying to make a sub! Then they threw the ball back on the pitch and apparently play resumed!"

Now, the Royals travel to Huddersfield on Saturday to begin an FA Cup campaign the players want to extend for as long as possible, despite the hectic fixture schedule over the festive period.

"It is hard work, but we all do it as footballers, so it’s not a problem. And the FA Cup is a competition that, especially after Sunday’s win, we hope to progress in.

"When you play another team in your own division, we know it doesn’t maybe have as much of an excitement factor as you’d want from a Third Round tie. But we’ll go into this weekend's game looking to put in a good performance and hoping to kick start a good run."

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