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Yann: “We will not change our philosophy or mentality”

6 May 2017

Kermorgant says the Royals want to secure a third place finish with a win on Sunday....

Reading's Yann Kermorgant says the Royals will be heading into the clash with Burton Albion looking to continue their winning mentality to secure third spot in the table ahead of the play-offs.

The striker knows the Brewers have picked up some impressive results at home this season and knows it will not be an easy ride for the Royals at the Pirelli Stadium on Sunday lunchtime.

“We want to win on Sunday and we will not change our philosophy or mentality,” said Kermorgant. “It’s another game and the last one of the league so hopefully it will be another win away from home. We want to keep that third position in the league which would be amazing.

“Burton are not a massive club in terms of history in English football like an Aston Villa or a Newcastle, but they have stayed in the Championship which is a big achievement. They have beaten some good teams at home this season so they are going to make it difficult for us.

“It would have been difficult to go to Burton thinking we needed to win to stay in the play-offs,” Yann continued. “We really wanted to get those three points at home against Wigan and despite not being very good we took the win.

Saturday’s win over Wigan saw Kermorgant net his 17th goal of the season, which equals his best ever total in a season of professional football, netting seven in April alone.

The striker admitted he was pleased with the achievement, but says he is focussed on continuing his good run of form against Burton and then into the play-offs to give the Royals an opportunity of promotion. 

“It would be a lie to tell you that I don’t care,” admitted the Frenchman. “The only thing I can say is that my good form over the past month is hopefully at a good time to help achieve what we want to achieve which is to try and win the play-offs and make it to the Premier League.

“It has been a long season and we have done very well to be are where we are. We’ve been in the top six for the majority of the season so I think it is fair to say that we deserve to be in the play-offs. Now as you know anything can happen.

“I’ve said from the start of the season that I want to help achieve something great at the club,” he continued. “The new manager coming in this summer gave us a confidence, a new mentality and philosophy of football.

“It has been a joy to play in this team, but the job is not finished. We have accomplished something great to be in the play-offs, but once you are there the only good way is to win it.”

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