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Hec happy set piece practice paid off

21 February 2016

Man of the match hoping for a Hammers hurrah in the quarters!

Clutching the man of the match champagne after the cup tie this weekend was midfield general Michael Hector, who scored the second and dominated midfield against Tony Pulis' Baggies on Saturday afternoon.

"We’re delighted with our performance today," he told Reading FC Player after the match. "We’ve played really well in the first half and controlled the game. They grabbed the goal against the run of play but we showed good spirit in fighting back and getting the three goals to get the win.
"We showed character and battled well. We dominated the ball and, although we haven’t been scoring many goals of late, we did well today to score three today.

"We’ve been practicing our set pieces in training so its great that it has paid off for us on a matchday," he continued.
"I always have a bit of banter with Ollie that he never puts it on my head on purpose - but he picked me out well today so it was good to get on the scoresheet - and Macca’s header was great as well to put us back on track."

One man with an even keener interest in who we are drawn against in Sunday evening's Sixth Round draw, will be Hector. He will be hoping to feature once more for Brian McDermott's men, so his fingers will be crossed we manage to avoid his parent club Chelsea.

"In the next round, I’d take West Ham away obviously," the East Londoner admitted. "They’re moving to the new stadium and I’ve never played at Upton Park before in my career...but we’ll see if they get past Blackburn first!

"We know anyone we get at this stage will be a tough game. But the group of lads in the dressing room know that, as a team, we have the quality and it is just about performing to that level on a consistent basis.

"We’ve had a couple of clean sheets in the league now and, after this win, we want to try and put a run together. We’ve got to train again on Sunday and Monday and then try and put on another performance for the fans here on Tuesday night."

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