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McCleary hails resilience

18 February 2014

Man of the match passes the plaudits

Goalscorer Garath McCleary has hailed the Royals’ resolve following the 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers.

Speaking to Reading FC Player, the winger said he was impressed at how the visitors held firm despite going down to ten men for the final 20 minutes of the game.

“We dug in well and stuck together like the gaffer asked us to, especially going down to ten men,” he said.

“We thought the dismissal was a bit harsh, some of their players were saying it was a bit harsh too. But Hec (Michael Hector) was superb when he came on, and Pearcey is prolific now! The whole team has been brilliant and hopefully we can continue this next week. The away support has also been great when we’re on the road and long may that continue.” 

McCleary picked up Sky Sports’ man of the match award after a thunderous strike, even if his friend Adam Le Fondre wasn’t exactly forthcoming with his praise!

“Alfie just showed the goal back to me, he said I was trying to cross it to him! But it was a good strike, I’m really happy but more pleased about getting the three points, especially against a club pushing for promotion like us. I’m glad to pick up the man of the match award….it looks like it could be made out of chocolate, so I’ll keep it away from my little one!” 

Watch Garath's full interview here on Reading FC Player. 

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