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Jake: Why the win was special

3 February 2014

Taylor on our 3-0 victory

Midfielder Jake Taylor played a key role in Saturday's 3-0 win at Millwall, and the 22-year-old was delighted to help his club to victory.

It was the eighth appearance of Jake's Reading career, and he entered the fray just past the half hour mark with the score at 0-0.

Such was the size of his contribution that a number of first team players went over to congratulate Jake at full time, and the Academy graduate told he was overjoyed to get three points.

He said, "It was a good performance from us, three points at a hard place to go. In the last few weeks we've had momentum, we've been playing good stuff, we took the game to them and got the three points we wanted.

"Hope has done well, unfortunately he picked up a little knock. I thought I grew into the game, I really enjoyed it, it was special to be part of a 3-0 win and I enjoyed every minute because these are the kind of games you've got to win if you want to do things.

"It was a battle but you don't expect anything else. We had a game plan, we stuck to it and for me it really helped having Danny Williams next to me, he is brilliant to play next to, he gives you confidence to play, and it was great for him to get his goal, everyone around me helped me."

Taylor was delighted to contribute to a win for Nigel Adkins; the boss having shown real faith in him. There were a number of other options available to the manager among his subs, but he was very happy to back a promising young talent.

Jake said, "When he turns around and asks you to do a job, you want to repay him by doing as well as you can. I've been working hard every day to make sure I'm ready when I get my chance, I hope I did that and winning 3-0 was good for us and helps the club move forward.

"The manager has been really good for me, he talks to me, helps me out and gives me exactly what I needed. He's played me a lot more, I'm thankful and just want more, to be honest! I want to play as much as possible, it's down to the manager but I will keep working hard."

Garath McCleary went out of his way to single out Jake in front of the away end at full time, while Kaspars Gorkss practically had him in a bearhug while giving him words of praise as they walked down the tunnel.

Jake said, "There's a real togetherness in the team, we all want to do well. Everyone has helped me, and it was lovely of Garath at full time, and Kaspars had some real words of wisdom, it's great to know they are there for you."

Also in the team at the moment is fellow Academy graduate Jordan Obita, and Jake is pleased to have another youngster on board.

He said, "It does make a difference, he's been brilliant and it looks like he's been at left back for many years! It's great to see him do well, we've also got Hec from the Academy, Eamonn Dolan brought us through so it's credit to him, Ed Franklin, so many people. We all been taught to deal with situations, to be ready for the first team. We've been moulded the right way, it's a positive move to see us coming through. There's more lads underneath as well, they'll be thinking they can do the same as well."

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