“It’s always good to win – to have a winning mentality and a winning environment,” explained Lucas João after the Royals ran out 3-0 winners against Derby County. João was scorer of an all-important second goal, which killed any hope that the Rams’ ten men had of rescuing anything from the game.
“And of course I am happy to help the team by scoring goals and working. The most important part though was the three points.
“Every game is important, and our mentality is to go into every game trying to win. It was hard, as they have a good team, but we have good players.
“Getting three points was important so we are happy with that. Now we are focused on the next one against Queens Park Rangers.
“Everyone knows that in the Championship, 1-0 is a dangerous score. When we scored the second goal, it made things easier for us. We kept working and we are glad to come away with the win.”
He also reserved praise for his teammate John Swift, who provided the assist on his return from injury.
Lucas continued: “It was a great ball from John Swift – he makes my job easy!”
The Royals are back in action at home on Boxing Day – make sure you’re here for our 7.30pm kick off against Queens Park Rangers. Tickets can be purchased here, and Season Ticket holders can get Mates Rates to bring friends and family for £10 Adults and £5 Concessions.