Welshman on first start
Jake Taylor said he was honoured to make his full debut for the Royals on Saturday afternoon, but believes the hard work won’t stop as he looks to capitalise on his chance in the first team set up.
The 22-year-old has been with the club since the age of eight, and made his first start at the Amex Stadium – after featuring a number of times in matchday squads during the current campaign.
"It was a good milestone for me," said Jake, "I've been here for 14 years now so to get my first start is what I've been aiming for. It was a big moment.
“Reading has a good history of bringing through youngsters, as does the gaffer. It’s a good mix to have and hopefully there’ll be more coming through. Every day I try and work as hard as I can out in training. All I can do is keep working hard, and when opportunities come I can take them.”
Taylor had a decent opportunity to open his goalscoring account for Reading in the second half, although in tough conditions and on his wrong foot, fired over the bar through a crowd of players.
“I’m sure it will run through my head several times, it’s just one of those things I’m afraid. I was there at the right place and the right time but just couldn’t slot it away unfortunately.
“The fans were great today and that will help us go places. Second half we pushed them, we had a few chances, it’s a shame we didn't get anything out of it. It’s all about sticking together and being as one.”
The Welsh under 21 international also spoke of the support he has received from his teammates, in particular the more senior members of the squad.
“I’ve been travelling with the first team for four months now, I feel part of the squad. All the first team players have welcomed me, they put an arm around your shoulder and they help you out every day. It’s a good group, we’re all positive and we’re looking forward for what’s to come.”