Jón Daði Böðvarsson notched his first goal at Madejski Stadium, and another crucial one too – his 87th-minute leveller against Hull City earned the Royals the point that they merited.
Fraizer Campbell had struck early, giving the Tigers something to cling onto. But Sone Aluko lofted a ball into the path of the Icelander, who finished firmly to finally breach a stubborn defence.
“I had time when the through-ball came – and I just decided to try and hit the ball as well as possible and keep my composure,” Böðvarsson said. “I was on the ground so I didn’t really see when it went in, but I just heard the fans shouting, so it was a nice feeling.
“I want to dedicate the goal to my mum – she has been battling with illness at home so I want to dedicate it to her.”
It was our summer signing’s second goal since his arrival – he was pleased to play a part in keeping the points tally ticking.
“It was good to get a goal; it’s been a little while, and it’s especially good to get one here at our home ground,” he continued.
“It would have been nicer to get all three points at the end, but we got a point at least.
“It is bound to happen at times this season – we concede a goal and we have to show character as a team when that happens. We showed it a little bit more in the second half – there’s always room for improvement, so we need to watch this game back and go through it.
“When you come off the bench, you have fresh legs and you need to disturb the other team’s defence. It was important for me just too put pressure on them and try to score a goal and help the team.
“And praise to Sone Aluko for a great assist! So I’m happy overall with my performance. I want us to keep on improving now in the next training sessions and games.
“The manager gave me some pointers just before I came onto the pitch – and throughout the week he gives us pointers about when he wants from us on the field, and it’s just up to us to deliver. Hopefully I can keep on doing that.”