Midfielder reacts to Wolves defeat and previews Brentford
At the final whistle at Molineux, Sky Sports’ stats told us that Oliver Norwood had made 108 touches, 89 passes, 70 of which were in the opposition half – and he collected the Man of the Match award.
But the midfielder would have gladly traded that in a flash for a better result on the evening – ultimately James Henry’s early header gave the hosts a 1-0 victory. So now Norwood is already looking ahead to the next opportunity to keep the points tally climbing, which comes as early as Bank Holiday Monday against Brentford.
“It’s always about the team – it’s never about any individual, and everybody in the dressing room will tell you that,” said Norwood. “It’s always about the team and I’d swap every personal accolade for the team getting three points.
“Unfortunately we didn’t manage to do that today, but there’s a chance to go again on Monday [against Brentford] and we’ve got to be ready for it.
“We can’t be too downbeat and we can’t be too disappointed, because there is a game in less than 48 hours’ time and we’ll be ready to go again.
“We’ll be back on the bus, we’ll sleep and eat right, we’re in training on Sunday and then it’ll be a case of resting to be ready for Monday. I’m sure everybody will be fighting-fit and putting their names forward to go out there and put things right.”
The midfielder came as close as any Reading player to equalising – his piledriver had Carl Ikeme stranded, but the shot cannoned away off the bulk of the post.
“I caught it quite sweet as it came across me – maybe I cut across it just a bit too much,” said Norwood.
“But it’s one of those things. Sometimes they go in the top corner, and sometimes they hit the post like they did tonight.”
The Brentford fixture offers a chance to earn back-to-back victories on home turf, following a win against Blackburn on Brian McDermott’s homecoming last time out.
He is hopeful that the Madejski Stadium form will continue to be a positive, and a base for the team to build their ambitions on.
Norwood explained: “For any promotion team, the home form has got to be good – we know that. We haven’t lost too many at home this year, which is good.
“We want the fans to be with us. They’ll be disappointed that we’ve lost the game against Wolves, but we urge them to stay with us.
“We can achieve something this season. There are still a lot of games and a lot of points to play for, and we ask the fans to come out in their numbers and back us on Monday. We’ll give everything we’ve got to try and get three points.”