Van den Berg reflects on triumphant debutRoyals debutant Joey van den Berg was delighted that a largely dominant performance from Reading gave the side three points on the opening weekend at Preston North End’s expense.
John Swift’s first competitive goal for Reading was enough for all three points – the Royals saw all of the ball in the first period and created numerous chances. The second period called for a different kind of quality – Reading needed to show grit to see out a win against a determined Lilywhites side.
“It was a good performance and a good result as well,” Joey said after the victory. “I thought we played very well in the first half – we kept possession in the way that we trained, and we showed the crowd that our way of playing can be effective.
“It’s not all about possession – what’s more important is what you do with it. I think we did that very well in the first half. If you can keep the ball, you can create chances. That’s the way you want to play… it’s always easier to have the ball than to run after it!
“The reward of how we played was very good, especially in the first half. The second half was a little bit more difficult for us to get the pressure away – but still we kept on playing. It doesn’t always go well but you have to keep on trying and that’s what we did.
“You see that if you don’t score the second one it can still be tricky in the end. But we did it as a team, and that’s also important.
“For a goalkeeper or the defence, you always want to keep a clean sheet – which we did. Overall it was a good performance; there are still a lot of things to work on and we can’t celebrate for too long, but it was a good start.
“You need confidence and a victory gives you confidence for the next few games. I think we started off well and that’s a boost for us. We believe in ourselves and we have to keep on believing. This start will definitely help.”