Forward previews visit of CottagersRoyals forward Yann Kermorgant insists that the biggest motivation against Fulham this Friday is the three points on offer, which would see the Royals into 2017 in third position in the league table.
Kermorgant was an injury absentee in the 5-0 defeat at Craven Cottage, while John Swift – who returned against Norwich – was also missing with injury and Liam Moore sat out through suspension.
“Fulham will be a tough one again,” said Kermorgant. “I wasn’t playing in the away game when we got beaten 5-0, but it was a tough one to watch.
“I wouldn’t say that we’re after revenge, but it’s another tough game and another important game.
“It’s another game at home, so we want to be strong like we were against Norwich and we’ll go into it with confidence.”
Kermorgant made his return to the starting XI against Norwich on Boxing Day, and got a goal and an assist on his return – our fifth successive home win.
His opener was a well-won header; his assist was somewhat accidental, as his spot-kick struck the bar and allowed Garath McCleary to power in on the rebound!
“I’m fully recovered, and that was my first 90 minutes against Norwich and I’m really pleased with my game, as well as the lads’ performance and the three points,” he continued.
“It was a great ball from Liam Kelly and a good header, and getting a goal is always a good thing. We did have some chances to score a second, but eventually we got the win and it was a great performance from the lads today.
“For the penalty, I was ready to shoot hard to the left – but the goalkeeper is huge, and I knew I’d have to hit it hard.
“When I saw him dive the right way, I changed my mind and wanted to put it down the middle – but it had a bit too much power and hit the hard. But G came from nowhere and put it in with a great header!
“And then the third goal was a big relief because there wasn’t much time remaining. We knew that would be game over, so there was a big sigh of relief when Callum hit that one!”