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Pușcaș | "I wanted this goal"

Striker on maiden Royals finish and Carabao Cup progress

14 August 2019

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George Pușcaș spoke of his delight at opening his Reading goalscoring account on Tuesday night, as the Royals progressed to the Second Round of the Carabao Cup.

It was a tough test at League One side, Wycombe Wanderers, however, as the hosts took the lead early in the second half through Alex Samuel's glancing header.

Pușcaș levelled for the Royals after spending just five minutes behind in the scoreline, seeing his initial shot saved before stretching every sinew to volley in the rebound from close range.

A penalty shootout followed, in which the Royals emerged as 4-2 victors.

"I’m very happy because victories are very important for us – so finally we’re through to the next round," the Romanian said after the game.

"I’m also very happy because we have great fans, who came to see the game. This is good – if they come like this when we play at home, it is good for us. It’s better with their support.

"I wanted this goal – I am pleased that I scored. I am happy for that, and also for the team to get through to the next round.

"I am starting to learn about the Championship. It’s good – it is difficult too, but for strikers it is a good thing that the defenders are good.

"I am enjoying myself and I want to progress more and more to be good for the club and my teammates.

"The more games for us, the better. We are playing every three or four days so we have to be ready."

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