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Beerens aiming for match fitness after wonder-goal

Dutch midfielder stresses importance of physical condition after first friendly double-header...

16 July 2017

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Roy Beerens says his Reading team-mates are feeling the benefits of playing high-quality opposition in pre-season, as we prepare for the new Sky Bet Championship campaign in three weeks' time.

Beerens scored with a spectacular effort from the edge of the area, which curled into the top corner to level Saturday's friendly against Turkish Super Lig side Gençlerbirligi 2-2.

The Turkish outfit had twice taken the lead in the match in Papendal, with Adi Popa's initial equaliser followed up by Beerens' strike with the last kick of the game.

Talking through his goal, Beerens said: "Last three seconds of the game, came very good inside with a good one-v-one, and I put it in the far corner.

"It went quite well, so, very good! The goal is to get game fitness and I think we did very well.

"It was a good appointment. Gençlerbirligi were very good, I think it was a good training day, and in the end, a good goal." 

While stressing the importance of gaining fitness ahead of another gruelling campaign back in England, Beerens is enjoying being back in his home country before the season gets underway.

"It's always nice to be back, especially as the food is a bit better than in the UK!" He quipped.

"It doesn't really matter where we go in pre-season but the weather is pretty good, not too warm, not too cold.

"All the facilities are there and we work hard and we'll prepare for the start of the season, of course.

"We can train for seven days then have another two games, so hopefully we are much fitter than today and hopefully we can win the next two games to get a good feeling as well, that's also important."

The Royals take on Belgian side Cercle Brugge and Sparta Rotterdam of the Eredivisie on Saturday 22nd July, with every kick covered live by @ReadingFC on Twitter.

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