Defender aiming for maximum return on SaturdayRoyals defender Andrew Taylor is eyeing the next opportunity to register a first league win of the season when Reading host MK Dons on Saturday.
Reading were mere moments away from all three points at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, but a handling error by goalkeeper Jonathan Bond allowed Modou Sougou to level late on. And Taylor isn’t dwelling on the disappointment of missing out on all three points – instead he is channelling the positives from another excellent showing at Hillsborough and looking on to the weekend.
“We can be disappointed for the journey home from Hillsborough, but by Thursday we’ll put that at the back of our minds and move on,” said Taylor after the game. “The games come thick and fast and we’ve got a big game at home against MK Dons on Saturday where we will be looking to get all three points.
“It was a mistake that led to [Wednesday’s] goal but things like that happen in football. Over the course of the season I’m sure Bondy will gain us points with saves, so we are now looking ahead to the next game.
“I felt we were in total control of the game, we were solid, in shape and they didn’t cause us any major problems. I think we could have won the game by two or three, so we’ll dust ourselves down and go again on Saturday.”
The Royals had kept the ball out of the net for over five straight hours of competitive football before Sougou’s late strike – and despite the disappointment of not securing a midweek win, Taylor took a balanced and positive view of a dominant performance.
“Any game in the Championship isn’t easy, especially away from home, so to go to Hillsborough and quieten the crowd down is an achievement because they just couldn’t get through us,” he continued. “The crowd were getting on their back, we were solid and we hit them on the counter attack.
“We defended well right from the front, the midfield, the back four and then lads that came on too. Everyone did their job and we were comfortable.
“We attack together and we defend together, and it’s not just the strikers who need to get the goals. We all need to chip in, whether it’s creating or scoring them, and I think that type of attitude will see us go a long way this season.”
Wednesday night was Taylor’s first league start for the Royals and the 29-year-old feels he has slotted well into the setup, with the team performances giving him cause for optimism.
“I was pleased with my performance, I came off with about 15 minutes to go and overall I was happy. The lads and staff have been great since I’ve joined and I’ve integrated into the group well, so I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”