Midfielder gives post-match reaction after Rovers triumphBrian McDermott’s return to Madejski Stadium was capped with a goal of the highest quality – Danny Williams’ 11th-minute stunner gave the Royals a 1-0 victory.
The American international was delighted to find the net in such eye-catching fashion – and was particularly pleased that it was worth three points at the final whistle.
“Hal [Robson-Kanu] flicked it, and because he is very strong in the air I made the run beyond him,” said Williams. “When I received the ball I knew I had only one of two options because there was no-one running with me.
“It was either keep the ball and hold it up, or smash it in… I only had one thought it my mind. I’ve been practising shots like this in training with Steven Reid; it was bouncing nicely and sat up well so thankfully it went in.
“I think it was the best goal of my career so far – the one against Brazil was good but this was better. I’m glad we won and that’s the most important thing – I’m glad that strike helped us win because we haven’t won that many in the last month.”
The result ended a run of four straight defeats for Reading, and now the team are keen to keep clawing results out over the Christmas period and clambering back up the table.
He was also hopeful that the next few weeks will see a positive atmosphere at Madejski Stadium, as it was against Rovers.
“The message from the gaffer was to keep digging out result and learn how it feels to win again,” he explained. “I’m buzzing for the team, I’m happy for the manager because it’s a great start in his first game in charge, and I’m happy for the fans because they’ve had to go through a hard time the last couple of months.
“Obviously I’ve heard a lot about him after that season when he got Reading promoted, you can feel the buzz around the training ground and round the club in general. It’s about us as well – we need to do the hard work like we did against Blackburn to dig out difficult results.
“I’m looking forward to the next game to try and keep a positive run going. It was great with the fans at the Madejski in the second half – it was like having a twelfth man. Some people may not believe that but for me, it really helps.
“I love playing in front of fans that cheer you on – it’s so important. We have to make it hard for teams to come to the Madejski; I think we lost that about over the last couple of months so that something we want to get back again.”