Leandro Bacuna believes that it was the Royals belief and desire that saw them overcome host-side Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.
The Royals went ahead twice in the game, courtesy of strikes from Sam Baldock and Tiago Ilori, however – the hosts pegged themselves back into the game both times as they looked to take a point.
A superb cross from the impactful substitute Josh Sims, though, was flicked in by Bacuna in the 80th minute. And it was a goal the proved to be the winner on an exciting afternoon in Lancashire.
“I think the team, as a whole, played a really good,” explained Bacuna.
“We kept believing and we kept fighting and that’s what won us the game
“Even though I didn’t train with the team over the whole of the international break, when I came back, you could see that all of the players were hungry.
“We needed to turn this situation around, we needed to get more positive things going and, most importantly, we needed to get a win.
“We came out against Preston to give everything and we won.”
On an individual note, Bacuna’s goal against the Lilywhites was the midfielder’s third of week after he bagged a brace whilst on international duty with Curaçao.
However, whilst the midfielder said it is always nice to get on the scoresheet – it was the effort and belief of the team which allowed a winning goal to be scored.
“It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet and help the team out,” Bacuna added. “I saw the moment there to get forward, and even though I was playing as a defensive midfielder, I took the opportunity.
“But to be honest, it’s just nice to have the win.
“No one’s head dropped. Everybody in the team believed that there was going to be another chance – even at 2-2.”