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"It's a good draw" | Yakou Méïté

Attacker looks back on brace in Ipswich draw

11 November 2018

Yakou Méïté says he was pleased to help fire the Royals to a late point against Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon.

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The attacker struck twice as the Royals came from behind on two occasions to earn a home point against the visitors, taking their home tally to 10 points out of a possible 15 in recent weeks.

Both of Méïté's goals were of high quality, first acrobatically scoring with an overhead kick to level early on for the Royals. He then equalised six minutes from time by latching onto Leandro Bacuna's cross and guiding a header into the bottom corner past Bartosz Bialkowski.

His brace on Saturday now takes Méïté's recent goal tally to six goals in his last five games, and now takes over from the injured Jón Daði Böðvarsson as the Royals' top goalscorer so far this season.

Speaking after the game, the Ivorian said he was happy to help the Royals to a point - but he would have preferred all three against the Tractor Boys on a topsy-turvy afternoon at Madejski Stadium.

“I wanted us to win the game – it was a tough game," he said.

"We started the game badly but afterwards, we kept going and we scored the second goal, so it’s a good draw.

“We wanted to win, but we didn’t lose so that’s good for us.

“The manager said he wasn’t happy at half-time because it was a poor first half, but it was a much better second half and we got the equaliser five minutes before the end of the game.

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“Now it’s two games [consecutively] where we haven’t lost so that’s good for the confidence."

While his goals ensured the Royals picked up another home point, Méïté was still left wanting more out of Saturday's performance.

He said he prefers to help the Royals win matches, but in the context of a whole season, scoring to keep the points tally ticking over is still vital in a 46-game campaign.

“I’m very happy to score to help my team-mates, I think it’s better when I score and we win but today we drew, I’m happy but it’s better when we win," he added.

“Of course it’s still important to score because I equalised in the second half, so this goal was very important and I’m happy today – not 100% but I’m happy.”


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