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Samuel: “The hard work doesn’t stop”

20 November 2016

Striker determined to keep applying himself after maiden goal

Dominic Samuel’s first senior goal in a Royals shirt kick-started a 3-0 win against Burton Albion – and now the former Academy forward is determined to keep working hard to continue improving.

An injury for Yann Kermorgant gave an opportunity for the 22-year-old to lead the line against the Brewers – his full debut in the Sky Bet Championship.

“I waited patiently for this time, and the time came for me and I tried to grab it with both hands,” explained Dom.

“That doesn’t mean that the hard work stops.  It means I’m going to carry on doing what I’m doing in training, and off the pitch as well.  I’ll keep looking after myself and take it in the next game.

“In football you’ll get ups and downs – the main thing is keeping a strong head.  That’s not just for me; it goes for any player that isn’t playing.  It’s all about work-rate and you have to bide your time.

“Whether I start next week or whether I don’t, I’ll keep working hard in training.  For now I’m going to relax with my family and go again on Monday.”

Samuel’s goal, midway through the first half, was followed by a Danny Williams strike and a John Brayford own-goal after some strong wing-play from sub Yakou Meite.

It was quick feet on the left from winger Roy Beerens which resulted in a sharp ball across the box… and at full stretch, Samuel hooked in from a tight angle.

“It might have been a shot from Roy!” smiled Samuel.  “But as a striker – and bless to Eamonn Dolan – he always said to me to get into the six-yard box, and that’s what I did. 

“The ball just happened to fizz across and I was there to put it in.  Those long legs helped!  As a striker you have to anticipate things in and around the goal area, and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

“So I’m happy for myself, but overall I’m happy for the team as well.”

And next up is Bristol City, in seven days’ time, at the same venue.  A chance for Reading to make it five wins on the spin.

“At the training ground the morale is high, and everyone is in a good mood,” he continued.  “All credit goes to the coaching staff and the manager – he is making us play good football and it is working as you can see.  Everyone is in a great mood at the moment and hopefully we can take that into the next game.

“Football is relentless – it’s game after game.  Everyone is happy now and they’ll enjoy the weekend, and the hard work starts again on Monday so that we can take it into the game on Saturday.”

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