Yann on picking up the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month award for April...Yann Kermorgant was delighted to pick up the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month award for April after netting seven goals in seven games during a prolific month for the Royals.
His fine form helped Reading to five wins and secure a top six spot, an achievement that the Frenchman says he is very proud of. The forward was full of praise for his teammates for providing him with the chances in front of goal, and admits he has thoroughly enjoyed being part of Jaap Stam’s side this season.
“Of course I am very pleased it is a very big honour for me to win an award like that,” said Yann after receiving the award. “You cannot win an award like that on your own though so I have to thank my teammates for providing me with good crosses and good ball into the box to score goals.”
“It is a pleasure to play in that team, for the manager and with my teammates, now the only target we have is to win the play-offs. The month of April is a bit special because it is nearly the last one, and it feels like you’re arriving in the last sprint.”
Yann was highly complementary of the Royals’ mental strength as the season has come to a close, saying that the squad’s character has helped them through a vital stage of the campaign and put them in a good position for the play-off games to come.
“That is when have to make sure you don’t crumble and we didn’t because we won five games out of seven,” said Kermorgant. “We bounced back very well and we showed our character again. I’ve been pleased to score goals and especially important goals to keep us in the play-off spots.
“The most important thing last month was to stay in the top six, and if we can stay third now and finish there it will be a big pleasure for us as players and will give us ride as a club. It will show just how far we have come from last season to this season and hopefully the best team out of the top six will win the play-offs.
“We do have some young players that haven’t played at this level for a long season, continued Kermorgant. “Some of the other lads like Paul McShane or myself with a bit of experience have to try and concentrate and be helpful to the younger guys who may be impressed by the pressure and the big challenge.
“At the same time the players need to realise it could be a chance for some of the team to get into the Premier League for the first time. For some it might be the last opportunity, you never know! We have to make the most of it and work hard as much as ever to try and win the play-offs.”