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Evans: “The lads dug deep”

24 April 2016

Midfield man looks back at QPR draw

After playing his first 90 minutes for Reading – on St George’s Day, of all days – midfielder George Evans hailed the Royals’ spirit as they came from behind to earn a point with a 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers.

The Royals went into the game on the back of four defeats, and fell behind to a Grant Hall header in the first period.  But with the backing of 1,633 noisy supporters of the away end, Reading struck the point-earning leveller before the interval through Deniss Rakels.

“I thought the lads dug in deep today, everyone worked really hard for each other,” said George.  “Obviously we want to go on and win games but we’ll take the point today.

“We’ve conceded some late goals recently, but every game we’ve played in we’ve played well.  This team is really exciting – the amount of hard work they put in behind the scenes and the effort they put in on the pitch… it’s brilliant. 

“I knew the results were going to come, we’ve conceded a few goals of late but I’d always back us to win a game.  It’s a fantastic set of lads, it’s a great team as well and it’s a team I’m really excited about and it’s a pleasure to be involved in.

“We don’t want to concede from set pieces and there are a few little things we can tighten up on.  But the spirit to come back from that and the way we played, I’m really proud of the lads; I thought everyone played well and we got a result.”

Rakels’ goal, his third in Reading colours, was a smartly-taken and well-worked effort – he swept past stopper Matt Ingram after Yann Kermorgant cushioned an Andrew Taylor cross into his path.

And Evans, a fellow winter arrival with the club, reflected on the goal, how they have each settled into their new surroundings, and hopes of continued involvement.

“Yann did brilliantly to get the ball down into Deniss and set him up, and Deniss is a great finisher.  I’m delighted for him – really happy for him,” Evans continued.

“It’s a fantastic dressing room to be involved in, and a great set of lads.  They’ve made it easy for me to settle in and Deniss’s English is getting better and he’s a great lad, so he’s settled in really well too.

“It’s a fantastic team and squad and so it’s difficult to nail a place down every week,” George continued, after playing from start to end for the first time, “but I’ve been working hard and I’m going to continue to work hard to try and keep my place in the team now.

“I want to play in every game I can, obviously it’s up to the manager but I’m just going to work hard and give myself every opportunity to do that. I’m really excited for the next game now and really looking forward to it.”

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