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Yakou | "We played really well, I'm happy for the team"

Attacker looks back at 50th appearance for the Royals

31 March 2019

Yakou Méïté says he was delighted with Reading's performance on Saturday afternoon, as they ended Preston North End's 12-game unbeaten run with a 2-1 win at Madejski Stadium.

The Ivorian attacker, who made his senior international debut while away with his national team last week, started for the Royals to make his 50th appearance for the club on Saturday - capping it in fine style.

"I'm very happy. To be fair, I didn't know it was my 50th game for the club so I'm very happy for that!" He said after the game. "I've tried to do my best for my 50 games in a Reading shirt.

"I think we played very well, it was a very tough game but when we score two goals in the first half it's much easier to be confident - I'm happy for the team.

"Preston are playing for being in the play-offs, we're playing to not go to League One so it was a tough game. We have seven games left so we need to keep going, this is good for the confidence.

Méïté scored the first for Reading, latching on to Mo Barrow's low cross to bundle in - before turning provider for his friend and teammate for a vital second goal.

On his strike, he added: "I was on the right side, I saw Mo and I knew he was faster than the defender, so I just passed the defender and I was there - he gave me a very good ball.

"I'm very happy for Mo as well, he's my good friend outside the pitch. I think he deserves it, he's a good player with good mentality and I'm happy to score, but I'm happy for him as well.

"When you play against Stoke City and draw and win at home, of course you're confident but you have to show what you can do on the pitch.

"That's what we did today, we showed to the fans we can play good football and score goals as well - it's very good for our confidence."

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