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Norwood hails Royals’ character after turnaround triumph

20 February 2016

Midfielder gives post-match reaction after Baggies win

Midfielder Oliver Norwood paid tribute to the fortitude of his teammates after the Royals secured a 3-1 victory at the expense of Premier League opponents West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup fifth round.

Darren Fletcher’s opener was cancelled out by Paul McShane before Michael Hector put Reading ahead – Norwood grabbed the assist for both goals with a couple of pinpoint free-kick deliveries.  Lucas Piazon rounded off the win in the final minute of stoppage time.

“We knew it’d be difficult,” reflected the midfielder.  “We had a tough game against an established Premier League team.  But especially when we went a goal down, we showed great character to come from behind to win the game.

“We haven’t scored from too many set pieces this year.  The manager is always talking to me about getting the delivery right, and luckily today I managed to do that!  The lads got on the end of them, and that put us in front.  That sent us on our way.”

Whisper it quietly – we’re one win away from another trip to Wembley…

… but we’ll find out who will act as the hurdle to jump over on Sunday evening, when the FA Cup quarter-final draw is made at Stamford Bridge.

“We enjoyed the run last year and the experience of getting to Wembley and playing Arsenal in semis,” continued the 24-year-old.  “Hopefully we can replicate that this year – and you never know, maybe go one step further!

“We’ll take anybody in the next round!  It’s the luck of the draw.  We’ll look forward to playing whoever we’re given.  We’re confident at home – we’ve picked up our home form recently, and hopefully we can keep doing that.”

The schedule remains relentless – Reading are back out on home turf as soon as this Tuesday, when Rotherham are our visitors.

“The league is your bread and butter, and this is a bonus,” he continued.  “Getting to the latter stages of the cup is a bonus, and the league is the most important.  We want to pick up points as soon as we can to secure our position and start looking up in the league.”

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