Andy Rinomhota described the contrasting feelings experienced on Wednesday night, as his last-ditch strike earned Reading a 2-2 draw at league leaders, Norwich City.
The Royals had led for the majority of a pulsating match at Carrow Road courtesy of Yakou Méïté’s 10th goal of the season. However, late strikes from Ben Godfrey and Christoph Zimmermann turned the match on its head going into stoppage time.
The sixth minute of added time had elapsed when Rinomhota side-footed a superb strike into the top corner, after getting onto Garath McCleary’s neat nutmeg on a Norwich defender.
“It was a mixture of emotions all game, to be winning and then to be losing 2-1 – but I was really happy to get my first senior goal and bring the boys back level.
“I had a lot of time to shoot, to be fair! A lot of the time it’s just quick and instinctive. I’m not normally a regular finisher anyway, but I had a lot of time, tried to line it up and thankfully it’s flown in.
“They had a lot of players back defending and I thought there wasn’t going to be a pass on, so I thought the best option was to shoot – even on my weaker foot, I fancied my chances.
“We set up today with five at the back and, for the majority of the game, it was working – we absorbed a lot of pressure. We dealt with them very well, there were a lot of crosses coming in and we did well to get them on the break.
“We had another good chance at 1-0 where we could have made it two, but to go through most of the game leading and to concede two goals was devastating. But to get a goal in the last minute, we were happy to get a draw, on another day we could have got three points.
“To lead for so long and to concede two, heads can drop but we showed a lot of fight, we know what we need to do to stay up and we’re going to keep going right until the very end.
“Our fans were really loud, Norwich fans were too but once we got that goal you could hear our fans going – it really helps.”