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⬆️ Pelé | "We're very happy to go up the table"

Midfielder looks back at first Reading goal in comeback victory at Blues

8 March 2020

Pelé spoke of his pride in scoring his first goal for the Royals, after coming off the bench to round off a well-earned 3-1 win over Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon.

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Reading had fallen behind in the opening knockings of the game at St. Andrew's through Scott Hogan's predatory finish after a header back towards the Reading goal fell to the Blues attacker.

Matt Miazga levelled the match in the second half with a fine finish from close range, before Yakou Méïté turned the scoreline around four minutes later after latching on to John Swift's free-kick with a fine headed finish to notch his 12th of the season.

Pelé then put the gloss on a fine second half turnaround against Birmingham, who had gone unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship since New Year's Day heading into Saturday's game.

"Today was a good day," Pelé smiled after the final whistle. "We won the match, so we're very happy to go up in the table.

"We played against a good team in Birmingham, in the first half I think the team found it hard after a tough game against Sheffield United, but in the second half, we deserved this win.

"Against Sheffield United I was so close to scoring, but today I'm happy to see it go in. I'm very happy to score my first goal in the Championship, so I look forward to scoring more goals."

Pelé's finish was a strike of real quality, bending beyond Lee Camp from outside the Birmingham area after a quick breakaway saw him played in by fellow substitute, Garath McCleary.

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"It's not normal that I go in this position," the midfielder said of his foray forward. "I decided to go because I saw Pușcaș was beside one man, so I decided to try my luck. I'm very happy to score the goal and help the team.

"We had a tough game and in the second half we showed our character, our mentality to win this match.

"All the team is happy, we deserved this win but now, we need to keep going. We have time to rest, to get ready for Stoke City.

"It has been a busy time, we've not had much time to rest so sometimes the legs get a bit tired - but it's our job, so we have to keep going.

"We will look match by match. If we win the next match, we can dream to go up more, we'll do our best to win the most games possible."


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