Goalscorer Roy Beerens talks over a big three points against the Cottagers.Reading forward Roy Beerens was delighted with the three points against Fulham on Tuesday evening, with the Royals winning in dramatic fashion under the lights at Madejski Stadium.
Beerens, who netted the winning and only goal of the game, put the win down to a strong performance and team spirit within the squad, making the final result even more satisfying.
“For us it was a very important win," admitted the Dutchman. “We got back to third place in the league. Even before the game in the warm-up there was a very good team spirit, the lads played very well against Derby so the faith was there.
“We had some very good moments against a strong Fulham team, we did well and created a lot of opportunities and scored from the penalty.”
The winning strike from Beerens came in the 49th minute, when he followed up on John Swifts saved penalty to slam the rebound into the back of the net.
It was the fifth occasion the Royals have netted from a penalty rebound this season. Beerens was able to see the funny side of the strange statistic, but did put his name forward to take a spot kick next time out!
“I think we must be top of the league with rebounds,” said the attacker. “You can miss it so you have to be sharp, like I was or G-mac was before that. The most important thing for me is that I’m first on the list to take one next time!
“If you lose, it can happen. Everyone in this league will lose a couple of games, but today was a good result and a really good team performance.”
Despite the good performance the Royals did concede a penalty late on, with Fulham’s Chris Martin stepping up to try and level the scores. He was denied though by a fine Ali Al-Habsi save, leaving Roy and the rest of his Reading colleagues very grateful towards their stopper.
“Fulham have a lot of qualities especially in midfield," said Beerens. “You have to try and eliminate any chances for them and try and score yourself. We did that but then they got a penalty. Ali did a great job for us.
"You’ll come up against some teams in the league that will give you a difficult evening. Everybody is doing well, if we continue like this and keep the team spirit I think we will have a good chance of finishing in the top six."
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