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😅 "I don't know what to do when I score, it's just pure emotion!"

Tom McIntyre on a Man of the Match performance capped by a second Royals goal

31 January 2021

Tom McIntyre described scoring for the Royals as a feeling he could become ‘addicted to’ after he netted his second goal for the club during our resounding 3-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth.

The defender, who’s efforts against the Cherries saw him named Man of the Match, was in the right place at the right time to double Reading’s advantage, as he prodded home after Michael Olise’s initial free-kick was palmed away by Asmir Begović.

He said: “I was buzzing, it was so special, and you could probably see just from my face how much it means to me, I could become addicted to that feeling.

“I don’t really know what to do when I score, I just lose my head and it’s pure emotion!

“We all know how good we are, and I think that showed tonight. Bournemouth are in a tough patch right now, as I said in the week, and I think we took full advantage of that.

“I think I’ve always got more to offer, but that’s the standards I’ve set myself and I need to be replicating this performance every week.”

"You can see how confident the team is, and we know if we are solid at the back, we’ll always create chances at the other end."

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Looking ahead to a trip to the bet365 Stadium, he said: “We know what we need to do next weekend, and we’ll go to Stoke full of confidence.”

Royals boss Veljko Paunovic had reminded his side of their previous defeat to the Cherries when they came in three-up at the break, and McIntyre revealed the team used that as extra motivation to ensure they held on to their lead this time around.

He added: “We came in with a three-goal lead, but we knew what happened at their place and Pauno told us that wasn’t going to happen here, and I think we used that as a drive, and it helped us in the second half.

“When you have a three-goal cushion, the opposition are going to come out and try and get on the front foot and get the ball in our box, but we stood up to that. We knew how it was going to play out, but I think we dealt with it, if you take out the goal it was a perfect defensive performance in the second half.”

The 22-year-old was delighted not only for Lucas João who returned to the scoresheet after his penalty miss at Preston, but for Andy Yiadom and Yakou Méïté who made their returns from injury as second-half substitutes on a night to remember at the Madejski.

He concluded: “It’s brilliant when you see them coming on, it gives you a boost on the pitch and I’m really pleased for both of them.

"We know how good Lucas is, you see it every week. He can hurt teams in an instant, we can be under pressure, but we know we always have his outlet. It’s great as a defender to know that he’s there, and he’s done what he does best, he scores goals."


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