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🗨️ Meite | "We trust in ourselves"

Royals striker looks back at his first goal in Royals colours and aims to repeat the feat as we return to Pride Park this weekend...

26 June 2020

1252 days ago, Yakou Meite scored his first goal in Royals colours. Having come off the bench to replace John Swift, it took him only five minutes to find the back of the net and beat Scott Carson in the Rams goal.

Unfortunately, that day his goal was to prove futile as Reading left the East Midlands with nothing to show for their efforts. Yakou is hoping he can find the net in a more meaningful way this weekend.

"I remember the game. We lost 3-2 I think. But it was my first goal – the first goal of many," Meite said. "Hopefully I can do the same this weekend, and we can win this time!

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"But we are expecting a big challenge. We won the game against them at home after they had a red card early in the game. So they will be looking for revenge.

"They won last week, they have very good players – but with the squad we’ve got, if we do things right, we can come back with three points.

"We need to be prepared and foussed. And we trust ourselves. We have some very good players ourselves. But we have to be focussed and we can't lose concentration like we did last weekend."

Yakou was very pleased to return to competitive action last weekend, as were the whole Royals side - despite the disappointing end to the match.

"Training is not the same as the games. So everyone was looking forward to the Stoke game. We were upset about the result. But it was very, very good to come back to Madejski and play.

"We had some chances to score that second goal, but it is very difficult to concede a goal in the last minute before the end of the game. So we were very upset with the result. Now though we need to think about Derby."

Meite made a goal against the Potters, supplying the assist for Lucas Joao's opening strike. And the pair celebrated by taking a knee in the south-west corner of the Royals' stadium.

"Lucas and I just wanted to show our support for what has been happening in the last couple of weeks. I just put my knee on the floor and Lucas followed me. It was a great moment.

"And it’s important. What has happened to me, can happen to everyone. We need to take it very, very seriously. It is not only one person or one player this affects, everyone is involved."

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