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Orlando & Matej hit the ground running

12 September 2015

Manager lauds summer striking arrivals

Reading manager Steve Clarke is delighted with early impressions made by new attackers Orlando Sa and Matej Vydra.
 
Sa has four goals in two games, while Vydra assisted one of the Portuguese’s goals on a very lively debut against Ipswich on Friday night.
 
Asked about Sa, who joined this summer from Legia Warsaw, Clarke said, “He’s a goalscorer.  His goal record is good, he’s been over here previously, it didn’t quite work at Fulham, but the fact he was prepared to come back, leave a team in the Champions League and have another stab at English football told me he’s a boy with good ambition. That stood out.
 
“He wants to play in the Premier League and felt Reading would give him that platform.”
 
Speaking on Watford loanee Vydra, who shone against the Tractor Boys in a very good team display, Steve said, “Everyone looks at him and thinks he’s just a goalscorer, but he links play, works for the team, creates space with his movement, and that will be important.  He’ll also score goals.
 
“Obviously Watford changed head coach, made a lot of signings, changed personnel, and we’re happy he chose to come here.  We’re delighted to get him, and as soon as we knew Watford were prepared to let him out, he was our number one target.  Great work by the club to get him in.”
 
Looking at the window as a whole, he said, “There’s been a lot of hard work in this window.  We sat down at the end of last season and knew a lot of changes were needed.  So fair play to the club, they gave me the backing to make those changes.

“Now we can see the results of the changes, the team looks like it could be more competitive, that’s what we’re aiming to do.  Now we have to build on tonight.  At home, five goals, big performances, the feel-good factor is here and we have to keep it.”

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