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Evans dishes out praise for colleagues after stoppage-time win

18 December 2016

Midfielder on his winning goal and three points earned in Blackburn

George Evans grabbed the headlines on Saturday with a 92nd-minute winner against Blackburn – and he ladled the praise onto his Royals teammates as they finally netted that all-important third goal to make it 3-2, having twice been pegged back.

Never content to settle for a point – even on the road – it was some urgent play by the Royals the resulted in Evans’ late winner.  Chris Gunter’s early throw down the line resulted in a Garath McCleary racing into space – and he had the wherewithal to pick out Evans’ run.

“It’s a fantastic feeling for me personally, but I’m just delighted to get the win,” said Evans after the match.  “It’s a big three points today – on a personal note I’m delighted to score that winner.

“I thought G was fantastic today – he has been brilliant all season for us and did really well down the line.  It was a great throw from Gunts as well, and G did well to win the ball and made a great pull-back.  Obviously I’m very happy that G’s done that – I owe him a big thank you after that!

“Blackburn made it very difficult for us.  They played a lot of long balls and I thought Paul McShane and Liam Moore dealt with it well.  Liam Kelly has done really well since he’s come into the team and I’m delighted that he’s getting some minutes.

“So we’re delighted to come here and get three points.  Obviously we’d have liked to finish it off a lot earlier than that!  But we’ll take the three points and we’ll move onto the next game now.”

MULTI ANGLE | Quick thinking from @Chrisgunter16, great work from @gmccleary12, and a composed finish to win it from @GeorgeEvans70! 🙌

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) December 18, 2016
We’ll be third on Christmas Day – sitting on 40 points even before the midpoint of the season.

But Evans isn’t looking too far ahead.  All that matters is the next fixture – against Norwich, back on home soil on Boxing Day.

“We’re taking each game as it comes,” he continued.  “We’ve got a great work ethic in the squad and the staff and management have put so much time into it, and they’re always looking into the details of our opponents.  It’s paying off on the pitch.

“It’s Christmas time and we’re in a good position now and all the lads are delighted.  But we’re not looking too far forward – we’ve got to focus on the next game, get out on the training pitch and work hard again.

“We’ll enjoy today – it’s a big three points here and we’ll definitely enjoy that.  But then we’re going to focus on our next game.  It’s a big game on Boxing Day against Norwich so our full focus will be on that now.”

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