Three points have given the Royals a lift, says Al-HabsiRoyals keeper Ali Al-Habsi praised the team’s battling performance against Bolton and says the side are delighted to be back to winning ways.
Having not won in five before the visit of Bolton to the Madejski the 2-1 victory was very welcome, but Wanderers did not make it easy for the home side.
“I’m very pleased for the team, it’s been really difficult for us for the last five games we haven’t had the results we’ve wanted,” said Al-Habsi. “Bolton made it a difficult game, though they are towards the bottom of the league they were trying really hard to win the game.”
Al-Habsi, who pulled off some outstanding stops during the course of the match, was pleased with his display and felt that the saves help lift the team and the fans.
“I’m pleased with the way I performed in the first 15 minutes, keeping the team in the game,” reflected the keeper.
“As a goalkeeper you need to help lift the team and towards the end of the half we improved scoring the first goal and starting to play our game. That led to the second and after that I felt we controlled the game.”
“When we win we don’t only win for ourselves but also the fans. They have been fantastic coming here and supporting the team all the way so it’s a massive three points.”
Ever the perfectionist, the Royals shot stopper was frustrated by not keeping a clean sheet but was nevertheless pleased with the three points and closing the gap on the top six. He got palms to Liam Feeney's late penalty but was beaten by the power.
“It was a shame about the penalty; I couldn’t quite keep it out which I was frustrated about because when you have a game like that you want to end it with a clean sheet. The most important thing though is the three points and we are now very close to the top six.
“We need to get back to playing our football, doing the basics and work hard on the training ground ahead of a big game against Nottingham Forest next weekend. It will be a tough game away from home but after this win against Bolton we have confidence going there.”