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Yann happy with personal tally, but setting team targets

30 March 2017

Striker on his favourite goals and team ambitions

Yann Kermorgant was pleased to reach 10 goals for the season with his early strike against Sheffield Wednesday before the international break – however he recognises that the team getting results and finishing in the top six is the most important thing.

The Frenchman has made more clearances and won more aerial duels than any other striker in the Championship this season, and feels his overall contribution to the team is more crucial than his personal goal tally.

But when pressed, he admitted that his two goals in our comeback win against Bristol City were probably his favourites!

“It’s hard to choose a favourite, because I’ve scored quite a few important goals,” Yann said.  “Maybe the two against Bristol City, because we were 2-0 down and were going to lose the game after not playing well in the first half.

“We got it back to 2-1 but there was still not long left to score, and I scored two in the last five minutes and we ended up winning the game.  But they’re all important.

“And as I said before the season the most important thing is getting results for the team, and for the team to be where they want to be at the end of the season, which is the playoff positions.

“Maybe that’s why I’m not on 20 goals!  No, but that’s part of my mentality: I’m not focused solely on staying upfront and scoring goals, because that is selfish and I prefer to see where the team need me.

“A different striker might think about a counter-attack and get in a good position to score a goal, but as I said before, the aim for me is to reach the playoffs as a team and hopefully achieve something great.” 

The 35 year old realises that the Royals’ style of play means that goals can come from all around the pitch, which he believes is more beneficial for the team.

“We have a style of play where the goal can come from almost everywhere, as you can see we’ve had different goal scorers,” he continued.

“This is completely different to Leeds, for example, who rely on one striker – which can be good, but can also be very dangerous because if he gets injured then you are in trouble.

“Of course we need everyone, but we can create chances and score from every position, which I think is better.”

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