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Ola enjoying that winning feeling

3 March 2016

Winger previews Fulham fixture



Reading winger Ola John is relishing the Royals’ recent run of form, which has seen the team take victories in each of the last three outings.

With an exciting few weeks coming up for Reading, the Dutchman hopes that they can string together a few more victories – three points against Fulham would equal the four-game winning run that the team registered across September and October.

“We now have a good run of games with the FA Cup and the league,” John said.  “We just to go from game to game and see what’s going to happen.

“We already had that good feeling in September, and in October we also had a great run.  And I am seeing that that feeling is back here.  I hope that we can take this run to the next level.”

Incidentally, it was a turnaround defeat at Fulham in October that brought an end a run that had seen Reading win six and draw one of the previous eight games.  For John, whose brother Collins played 95 times in the Premier League for Fulham, a win against the Cottagers would go some way to healing the wounds that suffered that day.

“If you saw our first game against Fulham at Craven Cottage, we were up 2-0 and ended up losing 4-2 – so we have something to make up this weekend,” he continued.

“If you are up 2-0 and the opponents score three goals in 10 minutes, then it’s devastating and you feel frustrated.  But it was a good lesson for everyone and we’ll see what happens this Saturday.

“They have got quality, but every team in the Championship has that.  Every game is difficult for us, and for our opponents as well.  In the Championship anything can happen – you can win against top of the table or against the bottom.”

Few will have failed to hear ‘Ola Ola Ola John’ ringing around Madejski Stadium recently – the winger’s contribution has made him a popular figure in the stands, and he admitted that he it was touching to hear his name sung by the Reading faithful.

“It reminds me of when I was at Twente when I just started my career – they had almost the same song!” smiled Ola.  “For me it is really nice, and I really appreciate it.

“We hope that we can continue to win our games – especially for our fans, as they have supported us since the beginning.”


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