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Joey pleased to claim a gritty win

5 March 2017

Midfielder reflects on Wolves triumph

Joey van den Berg marked his first game for the Royals in five weeks with a win over Wolves – and he was pleased that the side were able to grind out a win against a threatening visiting outfit.

Despite a recent run of poor results, the Midlands club put pressure on to try and grab a winner after Yann Kermorgant’s opener had been cancelled out by Ben Marshall.

So it needed a bit of grit to stay in the game, before captain Paul McShane headed in John Swift’s free-kick – and the Dutchman was ultimately happy to have claimed three points, even if the Royals weren’t at their free-flowing best.

“First of all I’m very happy with the win, it’s been a while but I think we need to be happy with the result,” Joey reflected after the match.

“Perhaps it wasn’t the best performance, but at this stage of the competition and where we are in the table – we needed the win and that’s what we did.
“Wolves are in a difficult position right now – I’ve been in a similar position before – as such you can always expect a real fight from a team like that. 

“Today was a real battle, at some points we were losing the battle in midfield, especially in the second half. 

“It was a dangerous situation but luckily a free kick from Swift and a great goal from McShane saved us and gave us a bit more time to breathe. I think after that we were able to control the game a little bit more, but before that we were struggling.
“We are very happy with the result, and if you look at the first half we were dictating the game and I don’t think they had a solution for what we were doing. 

“I think we need to look at the overall result and the first half performance and that will give us confidence going into Tuesday.”

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