Goalscorer on three points earned against Sheffield WednesdayTwo goals for Roy Beerens – and three points for the Royals. The Dutchman’s brace earned Reading an important win against a Sheffield Wednesday side that could have leapfrogged the Royals if they had won at Madejski Stadium on Saturday.
Steven Fletcher’s late header meant that Reading needed to dig in to get over the line in the final few minutes – and that they did, to keep a firmer grip on the third position in the Sky Bet Championship table.
“I’m very happy for myself, but I’m happier for the team to get three points!” said Beerens, reflecting on the game.
“We’ve kept ourselves in the top six, which is what we want to do – collect points and continue. This was a big game, and so is the game coming up against Leeds.
“Last week was a total off day in my opinion. Sometimes that happens of course and it’s not good. Today we reacted and stuck together as a team and worked hard. It wasn’t really great, especially in the first half, but so long as we kept it at 0-0 you know you’ve got a chance – and that’s what we did.”
Beerens’ first, just before the hour, included a slice of luck as a deflected took his effort away from Keiren Westwood in the Wednesday net.
The second was pure quality though, as sub Yann Kermorgant rose highest to win a flick-on for the winger, who showed composure to slot in.
“We changed our roles – Yann went to the number 10 position and I went up front, a little bit higher,” he continued.
“I saw the ball coming and Yann is a striker that wins a lot of duels – he flicked it and I ran into the pocket. My first touch wasn’t good but I saw that their left-back came inside, so I went around him and I managed to score.
“Of course I’d like to score every game – I want to finish my chances or get assists. That’s football – sometimes it’s me that gets the goal, and sometimes it’s someone else. It doesn’t matter, so long as we’re collecting points and winning games, I don’t mind who gets the goals.
“They have a good squad – they’ve got a lot of big guys and they were launching the ball forward a few times in the second half, including the goal they made. It’s going to be difficult if they put it forward and you have to concentrated and focused. I think we did it very well at the back and we waited for our moments. It was a hard game and luckily we managed to win it.”
And now on to Leeds, who host Reading in midweek at Elland Road.
“It’s a tough month, but everybody can see that we can play a very good match against big teams,” Roy said. “Sheffield Wednesday is a good team with good players.
“Against Leeds the atmosphere will be very different, and we have to continue and try collect at least a point – and hopefully three!”