Winger pleased to get on the scoresheetThe Royals overcame Bristol City 2-0 at Ashton Gate, and winger Garath McCleary was delighted to cap his first start of the season for Reading with a match-sealing goal.
Nick Blackman struck first and McCleary doubled the lead with a terrific strike from distance before quarter of an hour was up. The Jamaican winger, who had made three sub appearances since returning from injury, was pleased to get the nod and a goal to boot.
“My first start of the season was a long time coming!” said McCleary. “It was a well-fought win and we did really well – we stuck to our task. It’s a tough place to come – I’m really happy and I know all the boys are as well.
“It’s great to be on the scoresheet on my first start. My last goal was against Portsmouth, and it’s something I want to build on. I am trying to score a few more goals and every opportunity I get, that’s what I’m going to try and do.
“They played a formation we’re not really used to playing against. We kept the chances down to a minimum. All season we have fought as a team and I think we’ve done superbly today.
“The Derby defeat was a tough one to take after going down to 10 men – but we played superbly in that one also, so to come here today away from home with a clean sheet is brilliant for us.”
He was also full of praise for the noisy travelling fans – as well as looking forward to a midweek tie in the Capital One Cup against Everton.
“The away fans have been brilliant,” he continued. “They were singing all the way through; it was great to have them here and it was a brilliant performance from us so it was great to hear them singing.
“Now I’m looking forward to Everton. We’ve done well in the cups of late, so hopefully we can cause another upset and go through. As a player you always want to pit your wits against the best in the Premier League and England. So we’re looking forward to playing against Everton who have been doing really well lately, and hopefully we can grab a win.”