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"It was a good goal...but don't get used to it!"

Van den Berg pleased with his top corner finish...but wanted more from our performance!

29 November 2017

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Joey van den Berg's first goal in Royals colours came in only his second appearance for the club, a header in a home cup win over Plymouth Argyle back in August 2016. He had to wait until his 49th appearance as a Royal for his second...but when it came it was well worth the wait!

"It was a good goal...but don't get used to it!" he laughed as he spoke to iFollow Royals after scoring a superb second goal in the 3-0 win over Barnsley on Tuesday night.

"I have tried a few times already before - when I was a bit younger, I played a little bit higher up the pitch and found myself in more shooting situations like this one.

"But I had a shot and got it on target and it went in! That made it 2-0, very good...happy days!"

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The Royals coasted to victory against Paul Heckingbottom's visiting outfit, but much like the manager, Van den Berg was disappointed with some aspects of the performance despite picking up three points.

"I'm very happy with the win, although it wasn't our best game, especially in the second half. But in the situation where we are in, it's good to get the points on the board and very good to have the win.

"Sometimes it is most important to get the result. But we always want to play good football and entertain everybody. I don't think that was the case against Barnsley.

"We knew they were going to press forward in the second half, but it took a long time before we scored the third goal, and that allowed them to keep hoping and hoping that if they scored one, they'd be back in the game.

"Eventually we scored the third one. And it was also good to keep a clean sheet, because we have conceded a few goals this season, so that's two clean sheets in a row and that can only be good for the spirit of the team, for Vito and the defenders. 


"A good evening...but we can do better!"

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"If we can keep a clean sheet, most of the time we're going to win the game. It's not easy, but we can take confidence from that and we are very happy with the win. I was very important to make a few steps up in the table. Now we have to keep it up!"

And that means we're after more points at Sunderland's Stadium of Light this weekend...

"I haven't seen a lot of Sunderland this year," Joey continued. "They are in a low position in the table, but it doesn't say anything about the team I don't think.

"They have a good squad but if we can manage to get a good result over there it will be just as important as Tuesday night's win.

"We want to keep making steps and to do that we want to get a result over there - so we'll play the game and hopefully end it as the winner."

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