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Yakou: “We must stay humble and work hard!”

Goalscorer on notching against Blues and moving on quickly

15 August 2018

Yakou Meite turned in one of his most eyecatching performances in the blue and white hoops to date to help Reading beat Birmingham on Tuesday.

An early goal by the Ivorian set the Royals on the way to a 2-0 win; the conviction with which he struck the ball epitomised his impact on the Carabao Cup tie.

“I’m very happy to score my second goal for Reading… I’ll keep going!” Meite said after the match. 

“I did well in pre-season and the gaffer has given me my chance.  I’m trying to do my best every game and today I scored, so I am happy for myself and the team.

“Marc McNulty and Sam Baldock did a one-two and I made my run between the defenders, and I shot with my right foot.  I don’t score many with my right foot but today it was a good goal!  So I’m happy.

“When I shoot on target, the goalkeepers have no chance to save the ball!” he continued with a smile. 

“I know that I can shoot hard, so I know that I need to hit the target and make it difficult for the goalkeeper.

“It has been a long time since our win – and now we have to stay humble, work hard to do better in every training session.

“It is good, but it’s a cup game and not a league game.  So this weekend we have to stay focused and we have to win again against Bolton.  We will need to recover quickly and come back motivated.

“We can enjoy the victory but we have to switch quickly to the next game – it will come very soon.  After any win, we have to stay focused on the next game.”

Fans often tend to warm to players who play with a smile on their face – Meite is certainly one of those.

And he passes thanks to those supporters who have helped to push him on since he returned to England.

“I am very happy when they sing my song!” he continued.  “I like the fans from Reading. 

“They are very nice with me so I am very pleased to play for this team and for these fans, and I will try to do my best every time I play.  So thank you for the support!”

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