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🙌 Yakou on a ‘perfect day’, his best goal-scoring season, and prep for Huddersfield

Four-goal forward assesses Hatters win and Terriers test

6 July 2020

“A perfect day! I’m very pleased that we won and I scored four goals… the first time in my career,” said Yakou Méïté after the Royals had finished 5-0 victors in Luton. “I am very happy today.

“I am most happy for the team because most important was the win – and we did it. Our confidence is back and everyone is happy.

“When you see the team in training, you see what we can do. We have a lot of quality. But we can’t just say that and don’t show it on the pitch. Today we did it very well, and we need to keep going because we still have a lot of games to come.

“They come quick and we need to show people that we can play well. That’s what we did.

“Everyone was focused today. Last week, we didn’t play very well – we can’t play like this against a good side. We needed to react, to show to our fans that we can play better than we did.

“It’s a nice feeling. We needed more confidence, and we got it. So we focus on Huddersfield now and hopefully we can do the same against them.”

The Ivorian had matched last season’s tally of 13 goals in the 17th minute, and then surpassed it a minute later as the Royals stormed into a commanding lead.


He added to his tally before half-time, and completed his harvest in the second period, after George Pușcaș had also got in on the action.

“My favourite was the goal where Ovie gave me the ball between the defenders,” said Yakou.

“Ovie and me, we have a good eye-contact! When I make my run, he knows when and how to give me the ball, and I finished it well. I think that was favourite.

“16 goals is my record so far – last year was my best so far with 13. And I just want to do more! Score goals and help my teammates to win games.”

As much as we’d like to dwell on a 5-0 win… there’s no time to waste as the next test comes this Tuesday.

Huddersfield visit Madejski Stadium in midweek – three more points up for grabs against the Terriers.

Méïté continued: “We need to recover quick… the games are coming so fast! We celebrate the victory, but we have to stay focused for the game on Tuesday. Hopefully we can get the win at home this time.

“It’s a short time to prepare; as soon as the game against Luton is done, we start to think about Huddersfield and how they play.”

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