Winger hoping to build on victory against BoltonRoyals winger Garath McCleary hopes that the weekend’s victory against Bolton will provide a base to build from, as Reading ended a winless run of games with a 2-1 triumph.
The Jamaican international has been involved somewhat sporadically this season to date, owing to injury, international duty and the form of his teammates in the attacking third. But after an eyecatching display on the right flank against the Trotters, he hopes that he can earn a run in the side and start when the Royals visit his former side Nottingham Forest next weekend.
“We hadn’t won for a while, and we had to really dig in to get the three points. Hopefully this can change our fortunes,” he explained.
“There was a lot of pressure, especially towards the end of the second half, but we did really well and it was good to get that performance – especially after not winning in a long while. It was good to get three points and hopefully many more can come.
“I haven’t played 90 minutes yet this season so hopefully I can gradually get into it. I was a bit tired towards the end; after a 20-hour flight on Thursday I was a bit tired! But all I need to do is keep training hard and the fitness will come.
“I feel you need a run of games to get that form and confidence, but we’ve got players in the squad that are really good – you have to bring your A-game as soon as you play and take your chances. Hopefully I can get a run in the team.”
Reading are now to back within a point of the playoff places, and his message to the home support was to raise the decibel-level and play their part to help the team realise their shared ambitions.
“Get behind the boys as much as you can – we all want the same thing,” McCleary said. “We all want promotion, and that added bit of noise will help us.
“The players and everyone at the club has the same aim as the fans, and that is to get promoted – so get behind the team.”