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⚽ ‘Morrodona’ discusses his mazy run and finish – and a shut-out at Ashton Gate

Defender talks about a wonder-goal and three points earned in Bristol

17 February 2021

Of all the unlikely scenarios, we didn’t quite expect centre-half Michael Morrison to be doing a give-and-go and lobbing the goalkeeper when we visited Bristol City!

That goal, just before half-time, was the second in our 2-0 win… Morro channelling his inner-Maradona and contributing in a goalscoring fashion.

“I’ve been waiting to do that for 15 years!” he said.

“It bounced for me – I didn’t want to hit it first time, so I checked inside. It kind of bounced off my shin and lobbed the goalkeeper!

“The manager had talked about getting people into the box. I’m not sure he was expecting me to be in there!”

Those goals before the break by Morrison and Lucas João resulted in the victory… Reading cruised to a win by preventing the Robins from managing to muster any kind of response.

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“Most pleasing was probably how we closed out the game with the second-half performance,” Morrison continued.

“There were question marks about the goals we’d conceded in the past two games – we had a discussion about managing the game properly and keeping the clean sheet.

“We probably could have caught them on the break and got a third… but we were really pleased to get the clean sheet and make sure that we got the three points.

“We knew before the game that if we were ahead, we’d want to manage it a bit better – be a bit more professional. We did that today – didn’t let them get any flow.

“A third goal would have put the icing on the cake… but we’re really pleased with the three points.

“You want clean sheets. That’s what we pride ourselves on. Tom McIntyre has done tremendously well since he’s come in, and there’s pressure from Liam Moore who will be fit in the next week or so. There is competition for places, people fighting for positions all over the pitch to make sure we’re at our best.”


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