Midfielder keen to kick on this weekendAfter the Royals secured a place in the second round of the Capital One Cup by overcoming Colchester United on Tuesday, midfielder Oliver Norwood hopes that the team can build on another positive performance when they face Leeds on Sunday.
Reading put in a praiseworthy performance against Birmingham last weekend but came out with nothing to show for it. And after another good showing against Colchester – which this time was rewarded with a win – Norwood is hopeful that the team can get their first three points against the Whites.
“We’ve got to be ready for Sunday now to get a win against Leeds,” he said after the match. “It’s time to kick-start our season and we want to build on this win. We want to be successful this season – we don’t want to be where we were last year, and we want to be challenging at the right end of the table. “
Reading’s number six had high praise for team mate Chris Gunter, who he played through to score the winner at the Weston Homes Community Stadium with an eye-of-the-needle pass as the game looked to be heading for penalties.
“It was great energy from Chris to get up the wing at the end of extra time,” he continued. “I saw him make the run and managed to put it in front of him.
“When it hit the inside of the post I was thinking, ‘please just go in the net!’ But it did, and it was a fantastic finish. His energy late on in the game shows how fit he is and he’s a massive asset to us.
“The 24-year-old feels the Royals’ possession game and fitness levels shone through in Tuesday’s clash against Colchester, with these two factors being key to what he thinks could be a successful year.
“The lads are fit, I don’t think anybody was wilting after 120 minutes,” he continued. “We were standing up and ready to go again. The pre-season has been hard work but it’s tough for reason, because of evenings like Tuesday. We can keep running, we look fit and strong so that’s credit to the staff and the lads who have worked hard. We kept going and showed our quality against Colchester, we really wanted to win.”