Royals' youngster happy with aerial threat against Owls
Royals defender Jake Cooper was delighted to get on the score sheet on Saturday as the Royals drew with in-form Sheffield Wednesday at Madejski Stadium.
The 20-year-old's 74th minute header was his first goal for the senior team at the Mad Stad and Reading’s first goal from a corner this season.
“I always want to contribute and be a threat in the opposition box that’s something I always work towards,” said Cooper after the game.
“It was a great corner from Ollie and I managed to get there before the defender and direct the header where I wanted.”
Reading face Walsall on Saturday in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, but the Royals' youngster pointed out the team would not be taking their League One opposition lightly.
“Walsall are a good side and it will be a tough test, they’re another team in good form this year and they knocked Brentford out in that last round so we know it will be difficult.”
“We’ve just got to prepare and treat them like we would any other team visiting the Madejski and go out there to get the win,” commented Cooper. “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves in the cup because that can be dangerous, we’re working on beating Walsall and then we can think about a potential draw in the next round.”
The Royals earned a point on Saturday from their meeting with Sheffield Wednesday ending the Owls' four game winning run, but Cooper feels the Royals could have got more from the game.
“We’ve shown again that the team has good character, but also that we have quality in this team. Against Sheffield Wednesday and other teams near the top we’ve shown we can be the better side and we just need to put our chances away,” reflected Cooper.
Despite the draw the centre-back was happy with the team’s performance and thinks that results will start going the Royals way if they can play at that level on a consistent basis.
“We were happy with our performance against Sheffield Wednesday and we feel we could have won the game, but the important thing is we didn’t lose. It’s all about getting consistent performances,” said the Academy graduate.
“They’re a team in form and actually I think they were hanging on for quite a lot of the game. We’ve had the penalty and a few other chances so we feel on another day we could have taken three points.”