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Yann happy to get off the mark on familiar territory

28 February 2016

Striker reflects on a brace against his former side

“It was good to get my first goals; as a striker it’s good for your confidence,” reflected Yann Kermorgant after notching his first two in Reading colours against his former employers Charlton, helping Reading to a 4-3 win.  As well as netting the Royals’ first two, he also provided a sumptuous assist for the third, which was finished by Ola John.

“The first goal is always the most difficult – after that you feel more free in your mind.  So it was good to score today – I love this club and this pitch, and I was happy that my family and friends were here as well.

“They were two great goals – two different ones.  I think we have lots of quality in this squad and the first half was top-drawer; we played very well.  But at the same time we can see that the second half was not good enough so we have to learn from that and improve for our next games.”

Indeed the Royals were made to work for the three points; 3-1 up at the break, Yaya Sanogo dragged Charlton level by completing a hat-trick in the 85th minute.  A finely-poised game could have gone either way at that point, and the striker felt Reading should have not allowed that situation to transpire.

But all’s well that ends well – the travelling hoards, numbering over 3,000, went home ecstatic as substitute Deniss Rakels scored an injury-time winner with his first goal for the club.

“We are happy because we won the game, but at the same time we have to learn from the second half; it wasn’t good enough,” continued Yann.  “After the first half, which was a really good performance, we should maybe have won by more goals.  At the end we could have lost that game which isn’t normal when you lead 3-1 at half-time. There was a lot of frustration, but at the same time there is a lot of happiness because we have taken the three points.

“The manager said that maybe a few months ago we would have lost that game, which shows the improvement – it’s a good thing.  We’ve kept three or four clean sheets in a row and today we conceded three – but we have been able to score four, which is really good as well.

“Another important thing is that the one coming off the bench scored the winner.  That’s really important for the squad.  That’s what we need from the sub – I have been in that situation before.  When you come on, you need to bring something different, and that’s what Deniss did today and he scored the winner.  I’m so pleased for him.”

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