Midfielder reflects on victory at Turf MoorBurnley-born midfielder Oliver Norwood was delighted that the Royals were able to secure three points with a 2-1 from a tricky visit to his hometown club on Saturday.
Early goals from Nick Blackman and Lucas Piazon against the Clarets were enough to secure the points – Norwood himself came close to finding the net, only for his late free-kick to cannon away off the crossbar late on. Moments earlier, he had made an even more critical contribution as he athletically hooked an effort off the line to prevent an equalising goal.
MULTI ANGLE: Oliver Norwood makes a vital goal-line clearance for the Royals against his hometown club Burnley https://t.co/5B6DwYkNNI— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) September 27, 2015
“It’s always nice to come back to Burnley to see a lot of friendly faces and a lot of people I know,” the midfielder said.
“A lot of people in the stands are people I grew up with so it was nice to come back and play in front of so many people I know really well. It would have been nice to score – it would have put the icing on the cake, but I’m just glad we got the three points.
“And now it’s going to be another tough game against another top team in Middlesbrough next Saturday [at Madejski Stadium]. I think they’re going to be up there too come the end of the season and we want to put on a good show. This group of players has come a long way and we want to keep it that way next weekend.
Despite Reading rushing to a two-goal lead as early as the tenth minute, it wasn’t plain sailing as the home side began to exert pressure. But a stern defensive display, coupled with a willingness to attack on the break, saw the victory through for the Royals.
“It was tough – we were under the cosh for quite a lot of the game,” explained Norwood. “We started really well, two quick goals again like we did last week at Bristol, although we’re a little bit disappointed we didn’t really play as well as we would have liked.
“Burnley are a very good side in the Championship and I think they’ll still be up there come the end of the season. It was two teams going at it and luckily we’ve come away with the 2-1 win.
“Burnley made it difficult because of the intensity they played with; they’ve got good quality, they get the ball forward quickly, and they pinned us in. It was a tough afternoon, but we found our feet get the two early goals and it’s a fantastic away win. We just need to keep our feet on the ground now and keep working hard and look forward to next week.
“It has been nine games, and it’s still early days so we’re not getting carried away. But we’ve got a very good dressing room and good managerial staff who won’t let us take our foot off the gas, so we’ll just keep going about our business, going under the radar and that’s how we want it this season.”