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Norwood targeting winning end to the season

1 May 2015

Midfielder looks ahead to season's finale

Oliver Norwood is targeting a winning end to the season when the Royals visit Derby County tomorrow afternoon.

The Northern Irish midfielder, who struck Reading’s consolation goal in the narrow, 2-1 reverse to Rotherham in midweek, hopes that he and his team-mates can give the club’s fans something to cheer about before the domestic campaign signs off until August.

And he also believes that a positive result could give the Royals a bit of momentum for when they return to pre-season training in the summer.

“It’s been a long time since we won a game,” he said. “It’s been really disappointing towards the end of the season. We’ve had some really good performances; some not so good. We’re just desperate to win a game of football and hopefully that’ll come on Saturday.

“There is one more game and we need to give the fans something to be happy about. We want to get them back on side because it’s been really disappointing for them. Wembley aside, it’s been really disappointing for us and we want to finish the season on a high and build a little bit of momentum going into pre-season.”

Reading knocked the Rams out of the FA Cup at the fifth round stage in February, and Norwood expects Saturday’s game to pan out fairly similarly.

He said: “It’s going to be difficult, as most league games have been. Derby probably need to win to make sure that they stay in the play-offs. We went there in the Cup and did really well and I’m sure that it will be a similar game; quite open.

“They’ll want to come out and win the game but we want to spoil the party. We can take a lot of heart from the Cup game up there. They’ll be going all out for the win that they need and we can try and adopt a counter attacking style which we did when Yak got the winner there.

“They are up there for a reason and they’re a very good team. We’ll pay them respect but look to do some damage ourselves.”

Norwood’s goal against Rotherham in midweek was his second of the season and he was pleased to get his name on the scoresheet.

“Stephen Kelly laid it back to me and it sat up nicely,” he said. “I had a shot just before that I thought was going in but their goalkeeper managed to save that one. Second time lucky in the game and it was just nice to score a goal on a personal note.

“It didn’t mean much though as we lost the game, which was really disappointing. It’s nice to get a goal but hopefully we can get three points on Saturday.”

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