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"An exhilarating feeling, but the most important thing was three points"

Matt Miazga gives his reaction to last-minute winner against Preston

20 October 2019

Matt Miazga spoke of the pride he felt after earning the Royals all three points with a goal in the dying embers of Reading's match against Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.

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The ball fell to the centre-back after Jordan Obita's driven shot was parried, and Miazga was there to volley past Declan Rudd to give Mark Bowen a win in his first match in charge of the Royals.

Despite the success against a team that hadn't lost in the Championship since mid-August, the defender said the Royals now have to build on a strong home performance in their next match, away at Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday night.

"That's the first time in my career that that's happened, so I didn't really know what to do," Miazga smiled after the game. "I just ran into the crowd, it was an exhilarating feeling but the most important thing was the three points.

"I think I'm more happy with the clean sheet, to be honest. We hadn't had one in a while, but it doesn't mean anything if we don't win on Tuesday.

"You saw the grit, you saw the energy, you saw the intensity that we played with. I think if we can continue that, I don't think any team can beat us - especially at the Madejski, with our support. 

"Preston are up the top of the table for a reason, they're a good side. At one point I felt it was like a track meet, it was up and down quite often. 

"I thought we dealt with it well, I thought our intensity matched theirs, we over-matched them and I think our quality showed through at the end.

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"We're good enough to keep pushing on, get balls in the box and get chances and, luckily for me, in the 97th minute it fell to me and I was happy to put it away.

"We were actually telling Jordan not to shoot, but he put a great shot in. The keeper parried it away to the side and it fell to me.

"At that point, it's instinct to try and get it on target, and luckily enough it went through, so I'm very happy and, obviously, it showed in the celebrations with me and the team, and the Mad Stad went a little bit crazy as well. 

"Now the focus turns to QPR, and hopefully we can climb up the table. We're happy with the win, but now our focus shifts.

"We'll enjoy tonight, but then get back to work on Sunday."


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