Forward lauds training ground effortsRoyals forward Nick Blackman was delighted that the hard work at Hogwood Park brought the right rewards for Reading in a 3-1 victory against Brentford – both for the team, and on an individual level.
A firecracker of a free-kick by the striker left Bees stopper David Button helpless and doubled Reading’s advantage, after Orlando Sa’s opening goal – and he was pleased that the training ground graft had helped to give the Royals victory in West London.
“I’ve been working hard with Ollie Norwood every day – we’ve been taking free-kicks every day with the goalkeeper coach Dave Beasant,” said Blackman. “That’s why I ran straight over to him – we’ve put in a lot of hours into that.
“It’s great when you see all the hard work that the team is doing on a day-to-day basis on the training ground come to fruition on a Saturday.
“The free-kick was a nice way to score – but more importantly I’m happy that we got the three points at a ground where it’s difficult to come and get them.”
Blackman – who also netted a stoppage-time penalty to register his fourth goal of the season and seal the win – was especially happy that another dominant performance was duly rewarded.
Dominance in other games hadn’t been rewarded with a maximum return, but the Royals dug deep and largely kept the Bees at bay – ultimately they held firm and claimed the three points ahead of the international weekend.
“We’ve been playing really well,” he continued. “We’ve been doing the right things, and the manager has told us to keep on doing that and we’ll eventually we’ll get the right results – like we did today. Hopefully we’ll kick on now.
“It was a tough afternoon for us against a couple of physical centre-backs, but I thought Orlando and I both did well and we’re glad to get the three points.
“It was a very difficult second half and it was different to the first half, where we were in complete control. But I think we battled well and showed another side of our game with a gritty performance to see it out.”