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Tshibola pleased to make maiden start

8 August 2015

Midfielder gives match reaction after Birmingham defeat

The Royals were unfortunate not to take three points from a dominant display against Birmingham at St Andrew’s – but amongst the many positives to take from the game was the full debut of homegrown midfielder Aaron Tshibola.

The 20-year-old, who was on loan at League 2 outfit Hartlepool last season, has been a regular on the pre-season teamsheets and finally got to make his first start in a competitive Reading match In Birmingham.

“This is all a great part of my progression,” Tshibola said after the game.  “I just want to keep progressing and learning – we’ve got a great bunch of boys and experienced lads here, and lots of young lads coming through.

“The gaffer is obviously not afraid to put young lads through, which he has shown.  The main objective is to keep working hard – you earn your rewards.

“Playing for Hartlepool was a big part of my progression too.  If I didn’t go down to League 2 and learn my trade there, I probably wouldn’t be in the position that I am now. 

“It’s all part of the learning curve – nowadays it’s important to go out on loan and play some games before getting a chance in the first team.  I’m just very grateful that it happened, and now I’m ready to kick on.”

It was only the decision of the officials that prevented Tshibola from being able to celebrate a critical equalising goal on his maiden start.

With the Royals trailing 2-1, Tish lashed a shot which appeared to have crossed the line via the underside of the crossbar, but nothing was given and the Blues ultimately held on to their advantage.

“I didn’t get a clear view – the ball dropped down for me and I hit it, and it hit the crossbar and came back out,” Aaron continued.  “I didn’t know whether it had gone in or not.

“But again, it was proving just not to be our day.  That’s often how football is, so hopefully the luck is on our side on Tuesday [against Colchester].”

And on reflection, he was balanced in his view on a game which could have just as easily gone Reading’s way.

He continued: “It’s a very disappointing result but as a team we can take a lot of positives out of today.  But we’ve got to keep working hard and we’ll go again Tuesday.

“We were in total control, but that’s often how football is.  The most dominant team can sometimes lose it.  But we’ll take the positives and learn – that’s the main thing.  It’s early days and we have to keep our focus.”

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