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Norwood delighted with netting winner

6 April 2016

Royals midfielder hails team spirit as Reading beat Forest

Royals’ midfielder, Ollie Norwood, was delighted to net the winner for the Reading as they overcame Nottingham Forest 2-1 at Madejksi Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Northern Ireland international’s fierce strike, clattered off the inside of Dorus De Vries post before nestling in the net, giving the Royals the lead as the clock ticked into the last ten minutes.

I like scoring goals at that end,” said Norwood. “Obviously I scored the one against Ipswich at that end earlier on in the season and as I looked up I realised I had half a yard of space. I saw the opportunity to shoot so I thought I’d hit it and make sure it was on target and it flew off nicely.”

The Reading goals-scorer was quick to praise the spirit in the changing room and felt that it was the catalyst for the comeback, with the team deserving of the result after a dominant performance.  

“I felt we deserved to win the game we played very well throughout and passed the ball well, had good movement and created numerous opportunities.

“The spirit in the changing room is fantastic and helped us to come back and win the game,” Norwood continued. “Now we’re looking forward and want to make it three from three with a win on Saturday.”

Matej Vydra pulled the Royals level after diverting Norwood’s shot into the Forest net, after coming on as a second half substitute, and Ollie was full of praise for his teammate in steering the wayward shot on target.

“My shot was going a couple of yards wide I could tell that as I hit it,” admitted the midfielder. "Matej has done really well to get on the end of it and everyone in the dressing room is buzzing for him that he got his goal because he works so hard.

“We probably should have had a couple more, we’ve hit the woodwork a few times, and their goalkeeper was on fire but yeah it was a good game. I’m onto three now, hopefully I can get a couple more before the end of the season.

“As I said before we want to finish as strongly as we can, and since I’ve said that we’ve taken maximum points so with 21 points left to play for this season we want to get as many on the board as we can.”

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