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McCleary delighted with fifth consecutive home win

27 December 2016

Goalscorer on a 3-1 win against the Canaries

“It’s been going really well,” said Garath McCleary, reflecting on a fifth straight league win on home turf against Norwich City – 3-1 the final score.

“Today’s game was obviously really tough – Norwich are a good team and on their day they can beat anyone.  They have a lot of players that were playing in the Premier League as recently as last season.  So it’s good to get three points – and role on Fulham, who we owe!

“We’re trying to make this place a fortress, where we don’t get beat too often.  We don’t want to get beat anywhere, but especially not at home.  It was a good win, especially against a tough team like Norwich.”

McCleary’s goal, hit on the rebound from a Yann Kermorgant, was the middle of the three – and re-established a lead after Nelson Oliveira had equalised for the Canaries.

Kermorgant himself had opened the scoring by guiding in a header from Liam Kelly’s free-kick, and Callum Harriott hammered in a thunderbolt in added time to round off the scoring.

“Yann is an asset, both in attack and defensively,” McCleary continued.  “And it was a great ball from Liam Kelly, who also did very well today.

“I’ve missed a few pens, but somehow I get on the rebounds!  It happened again today.  It happens sometimes, and if you’ve got people following up, they can score and help you through it. 

“I was grateful to get a goal.  It’s unfortunate for Yann that he didn’t score, but as long as we got that goal, that’s the main thing.

“Callum Harriott got his goal right at the end as well, and that was a great finish.  All the boys, whether they have been playing or not, they’ve all been superb in training and pushing each other to get that spot.  So long may that continue.”

We’re back on home turf again as early as Friday when Fulham come to town.

And the Jamaican international hopes that the Royals support can lend their vocal support in the second half of the season to help the team achieve their ambitions.

“We want the fans to get behind us, and we need them to get behind us,” he continued.

“We need the fans at every stage in the game – we don’t want any team to come here and make us feel like we’re playing away from home.  As long as you guys get behind us, you can be our 12th man.

“A lot of fans wouldn’t have thought we’d be where we are this season.  So we should be getting everyone behind us.  The gaffer has been superb, the players have been doing really well, so as long as you can get behind us and back us all the way, hopefully we can make you proud.”

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