Midfielder reflects on Griffin Park victoryAfter a 3-1 away win at Brentford, Royals midfielder Danny Williams was pleased that Reading’s dominance was finally rewarded with three points for the first time in the new Sky Bet Championship season.
Reading had outplayed their opponents in each of the previous four league meetings, but had been held to draws since the opening-day defeat in Birmingham. But a first Royals goal for Orlando Sa and a brace for Nick Blackman helped to secure the three points in West London.
“I’m happy for the team,” said Williams. “I think we deserved to win; in the second half Brentford put us under pressure, but that’s normal. They had to come out and the home crowd was getting on their back, especially after the first half. We looked solid – they had more possession in the second half, but I think we deserved to win. Everyone is buzzing and it’s a good way to go into the international break.
“Every single game since the start of the season, we’ve looked like the better team. At Birmingham we hit the crossbar three or four times, and in the other games we have also been the better team but just didn’t find the back of the net. Today we created chances again, like we in the previous games, and when we use our chances it is difficult for anyone to play against us.”
After Reading went into the break two goals ahead, Brentford halved the deficit midway through the second period when Lasse Vibe netted a stunning effort via the inside of the post. Williams was not surprised that the Bees tried to turn the screw, but was pleased that he and the team were able to hold firm.
“The gaffer warned us that they would throw everything at us,” he continued. “We absolutely battered them in the first half and every footballer knows how it feels when you have a bad first half – you want to come out and make things right, especially at home.
“We knew they would have the ball more and try to pass it around and create chances, but I have to say that our team dealt with it well. It was a great goal from Lasse Vibe to make it 2-1 – that put us a bit under pressure, but we dealt with the situation well.”
The Royals were withstanding the Bees deep into stoppage time – and then Williams pickpocketed Sam Saunders in the Reading half and drove downfield. Instead of heading for the corner flag, he picked out Blackman in the centre – the forward drew the foul from goalkeeper David Button, and converted the penalty.
Williams explained: “It was the last minute, so I wasn’t sure if I should just run to the corner or pass it to Nick Blackman. But when I see a teammate in a better position than me, I try to pass it – we got a penalty, and we all know that Nick is one of the best penalty takers in the division. So I’m really happy for him.”