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Norwood wants to take win into international break

28 August 2015

Midfielder believes victory can come at Griffin Park

Reading midfielder Oliver Norwood is confident that the Royals can go into the international break with a first league victory of the Sky Bet Championship season under their belts, when they travel to Brentford on Saturday.

However Norwood – who will link up with Northern Ireland once Saturday’s game is done – is aware of the threat that Brentford pose, with last year’s 3-1 defeat at Griffin Park still fresh in the memory.

“It would be nice to go into the international break with a first league win of the season,” said Norwood.  “To date the performances have been really good, just without that goal that all the supporters and the players are craving.  We’re dying to get the goals to sign this little block of games off with a win.

“We found out how good a side Brentford were last year when we went to Griffin Park.  We got turned over really and weren’t good enough on the day.

“Fair play to them – they came up and had a fantastic season by getting into the play-off semi-finals, but this is a new season and a new team for us.  They’ve got a lot of new players as well so we’re confident we can go there and get the three points.

“We want that winning feeling like we did against Portsmouth, and hopefully we can continue that on Saturday.  We’ve got to get a win sooner rather than later and we feel that it’s coming.”

“Although we haven’t had a win, we feel the performances have been really good.  Against MK Dons at the weekend we had something like 20 shots and 11 on target so hopefully at some point our luck will change.  It’s not as if we’re playing badly – we’ve just got to start capitalising on those opportunities and being more ruthless in putting the ball in the back of the net.”

On a personal level, Norwood has been happy with the way his own season has started but feels he will improve even further improve as time ticks by.  Norwood has been a virtual ever-present so far in the new campaign, an 89th-minute withdrawal for youngster Aaron Tshibola against Leeds the only exception.
“I came back fit for pre-season and put a marker down,” he explained.  “I want to keep the high standards to stay in the team.  I’ve had a decent start to the season and it can only get better as well.”

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