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A winger and a prayer!

22 March 2014

McAnuff's double goal delight

Captain Jobi McAnuff's last league goal came on 17th March 2012, when he scored one of four Reading goals against Barnsley at Oakwell en route to promotion to the Premier League.

But the winger ended a two year wait by finding the back of the net at Birmingham City this afternoon...twice. And with the Tykes next up for the Royals at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night, the skipper is hoping it's the start of things to come for him in front of goal.

"Consecutive games to score in would be a good start," he told Reading FC Player after the 2-1 win at St Andrew's. "But it's just about getting back to it on Tuesday night now and getting back to winning at home.

"Today was a great win," he continued. "We didn’t play great for whatever reason, but at this stage of the season it’s just about getting those points and managing to dig results out.

"Of course it’s nice to get a couple of goals and help the boys get the three points. The boys have been on at me – I think Hope said a little prayer for me to get me some composure in the box, and maybe that helped today!

"I’ve been striking the ball well, but it's just been a bit disappointing that I haven’t converted the chances up until now. So I was glad to see that first one go in.

"Then for the second one, Chrissy Gunter’s done well to get forward as he did all game and I managed to get in at the back stick.

"Our full backs are a great weapon, massive energy, great outlets, and for us wide men it’s great to know we’ve got them going on runs outside us. They give us other options on the ball and both he and Jordan have been great."

"We weren't at our best, which is frustrating for us, because we know what we’ve got in that dressing room and we know how good we can be.

"But on the flip side of that, it’s a sign of a good team that knows how to dig a result out when you’re not quite performing. And all that matters right now is getting those points on the board. Nine games to go and we’ll take this one into Tuesday night now."

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