After the Royals battled to a 1-1 draw away at West Bromwich Albion, defender Michael Morrison reflected on a solid and stylish performance which merited the point, and a stunning effort from teammate Ovie Ejaria.
It was noticeable from the offset that West Brom came with attacking intent – but it was matched all the way by some resilient defending from the newly-formed trio of Liam Moore, Matt Miazga and Michael Morrison.
Ex-Birmingham captain Morrison detailed the result with a positive outlook, as well as fitting into the newly shaped defence.
“I think it was a fair result, but when you go 1-0 up and you’re that close to the three points, you’re disappointed,” he said. “But I think it was a good showing against a strong team. It’s another point and we keep moving forward.
“The longer it goes without getting the three points, the harder it becomes. We were so close to building on that win against Cardiff with another win. You hope you can build a little bit of momentum and start putting a run together. But I think the belief will only grow.
“I’ve really enjoyed it here so far. I’ve had to wait a couple of weeks to get my chance. The new shape not only suits me but it looks like it suits the team.
“We can get two strikers on the pitch, and we’ve got an abundance of talent in that area. Ovie Ejaroa and John Swift are enjoying it and scoring goals themselves as well. It gives us a good balance and hopefully that continues.”
Indeed, Reading had taken the lead in the final 20 minutes of the game, with an outrageous solo-strike from Ovie Ejaria rocketed past Sam Johnstone and smashed the net.
“As soon as he hit it, you could see it was going in,” Morrison said of his teammate’s fantastic hit.
“It had a little dip on it and was a great strike. His feet are so good and it came out of nowhere. By the sounds of it, they have been telling him to shoot a little more, obviously he needs to keep doing that.”