Striker reflects on first few weeks and previews Burnley“It’s going really well – the guys have welcomed me and the group is good,” said French striker Yann Kermorgant, who joined Reading in last month’s transfer window. “The atmosphere is great and we are working well in training, and hopefully we can turn the results a bit better for us.
“As I said when I signed, I felt like I needed a few games to get match fit. I was training hard at Bournemouth, but I didn’t really play games. Also in my head, you need to play regularly to stay match fit; there is a difference between playing a game and training.
“I am starting to feel better; I still have to finish organising my move here to be settled in my new house – but I should be fine soon.
“When you change team, you change the way you play and of course your teammates are different. We played some great football last season at Bournemouth – I need to adapt to this group now. I know they can create chances, so I need to be ready to score goals and help my teammates to score goals too.
“The manager wanted to use my experience as a person, and of course from last season – last year with Bournemouth was really good on and off the pitch. I think he wants me to bring that mentality of a winner – that’s what I will try to do.”
The next opportunity to register a win comes this weekend at Madejski Stadium – our visitors are Burnley, who sit just two points off the summit of the division in third.
“Burnley are another contender for automatic promotion – they are really close to the top two and they are in a good run,” said Kermorgant. “It will be a tough game, but we all want these types of games.
“We will do our best – we need to turn things a little bit our way to win a game and get some confidence in the team. Sometimes you lack a little bit of confidence to get the three points – I am sure that as soon as we get the first win, we will feel more confident to win again.”
Kermorgant, who represented Leicester, Charlton and Bournemouth in England before making the switch to Reading, is hoping for a good return in front of the Royals support in the next three games – all of which come at Madejski Stadium.
He explained: “It’s always better to play at home with your fans; now we have to win games and make sure we take the maximum points at home because that’s important.
“Support of your home fans is massive, and you need them to help you when it’s a bit tight or if the result is not going your way and you want to push. Now we have to make sure that when we play at home that it’s like a fortress where we can’t be beaten. Hopefully we can win as much as we want.”