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“We needed a good performance for the fans and ourselves”

16 April 2017

Grabban on win over Villa, and looking on to Rotherham

“We needed a response today, and we needed to give the fans a good performance,” Lewis Grabban reflected after a 3-1 win against Aston Villa.  

“And we needed to do it for ourselves to keep our spirits and our confidence high as we hopefully go into the play-offs.  So our game against Villa was massive for that.

“There’s loads of pressure at this time of the season, especially when you’re trying to achieve something.  Every game is going to be a lot of pressure.  It was important to also keep the pressure on the other teams after they had some decent results on Friday, which keeps us in the mix.”

Grabban made a telling contribution – two assists for fellow front-man Joseph Mendes, who bagged his first two for the Royals, as well as a critical spot-kick to wrap up the points 10 minutes from time. 

“He’s happy!” Grabban said of forward partner Mendes.  “He did really well – he runs the channels well, he’s strong, quick and direct, and those were two really good finishes.  He should be happy with himself today.

“Being a striker, I know what kind of ball he wants – that’s between the goalkeeper and the defenders, going in on goal.  He made the runs; without him making those runs, then I can’t play the ball.  I just tried to pick him out and he was composed enough to finish them.

“And there was a bit of pressure on that penalty, which I don’t mind.  I’ve always taken penalties wherever I’ve gone, and today was no different so I was happy to score it.”

And there’s barely time to enjoy that win; we’re back in action at Madejski Stadium as early as Easter Monday against Rotherham, who certainly won’t lie down.

“I think there is pressure for every single game,” he continued.  “Hopefully we can recover in time and get another win.

“Rotherham have been relegated, but they might have different incentives – maybe trying to secure a future for themselves elsewhere, or whatever it may be.

“The game will still be difficult, as it always is.  Hopefully we can overcome any challenges that come our way.

“It’s just 48 hours until the next game – I’m not sure of the exact plan but I think the main thing is just recovering and going again.”

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