Striker reflects on draw with Brighton and first goalAfter scoring for the first time in the blue and white hoops of Reading, forward Matej Vydra admitted that he isn’t aspiring to notch a particular number of goals – his only ambition is helping the club to promotion.
14 games into the Championship season, the Royals are a point outside the play-offs and five off automatic positions following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against current leaders Brighton. The Czech forward stressed the importance of every single game – the next of which is against Huddersfield at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday.
“My target is to get to the Premier League,” said Vydra. “I don’t have a target about my goals, but I have a target with the team. This is more important, and if we go up I will be happy.
“We can compare with Watford – we have a similar team, and if we fight together like a team I think we can do it. We have a strong team and a very good chance to go up, but we have to do it step by step.
“The Championship is a difficult league and every game is very hard. Right now we have to think about Huddersfield – this is important.
“In the last three games, we have just two points. So now we want to carry on and start winning again.”
Matej’s first goal might have come quarter of an hour earlier in the game – chasing a deficit thanks to Jamie Murphy’s opener for the Seagulls, he had a golden chance to finish a counter-attacking move. Instead he tried to selflessly square to teammate Nick Blackman, only to miscue the pass and see the chance go begging.
But Vydra, who had been out injured until recently following a heavy collision in the Bristol City fixture, was happy to get off the mark on the follow-up as Nick Blackman’s thunderous drive was spilled.
“I’m happy to get my first goal this season, and also my first goal for Reading,” he reflected. “But I am a little angry at myself because I missed a very big chance! My first touch was very good but the goalkeeper came out quickly, so I tried to pass to Nick Blackman and we missed this chance. That’s football.
“My goal wasn’t my best one; I am a quick striker – I took a couple of quick steps and I was in front of the defender, and took a shot to score – so I’m happy.
“I played the first three games and then I got injured. But now I feel fit; it is step by step, but the knee is okay. I need to take my confidence – and now I have scored my first goal so it is coming. For a striker, when you score your first goal you take confidence.”
We’re back in action again this Tuesday when we take on Huddersfield Town at Madejski Stadium. We kick off against the Terriers at 8pm – click here for more information.