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Sparky pleased to get off the mark

Goalscorer on games, pre-season and getting feet under the table

19 July 2018

It hasn’t taken Mark McNulty too long to notch his first goal in Reading colours after joining the club from Coventry.

His 90th-minute equaliser against Beşiktaş earned the Royals a friendly draw – a 2-2 scoreline giving a fair result from a strong performance.

He reflected on that game, as well as the upcoming test against Rubin Kazan.

“It was good to get off the mark early doors!” said McNulty.  “It was a good team to play against, and gave us a good test.  I though the boys did really well.

“The Beşiktaş game was really tough – I only played the last half-hour but the boys put in a lot of work, but it was tough when I came on.  It was a step up.  But it is great to be involved in these kinds of games.

“I expect the Rubin Kazan challenge to be similar – there’s a lot of experience in that team and they have played at a very high level.

“We know we’ll be in for a tough game.  We know what our jobs are and what we’re capable of, so if we go and do what we can do, it’ll be a good game.”

It is his first prolonged involvement with the Royals since making his switch from Coventry; a chance to learn what the manager is after, but also to go through some of the rites of passage that come with switching clubs…

“Having to stand up on a chair and sing in front of all the boys when you’re just getting to know them can be a bit nervy!” he said, reflecting on his initiation song.  “But it’s a good laugh.

“And we did the quiz last night – special mention to Vito Mannone… for cheating!  It’s all fun and games and a chance to get away with the boys, and it’s good for the new boys to get to know them a bit more.

“It has been good to get away – the facilities are good and it has been a nice place to play, and a good chance to get to know the boys a bit more.

“You do work over the course of the off-season, but you know that when you come back in you’ll be working hard.  If you put in the miles over the pre-season, it’ll stand you in good stead for the rest of the year.  It has been hard work, but enjoyable.”

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