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🤩 "I'm back and I'm ready to do what I know best"

Lucas Joao marked his return to the first team with two goals that won us three points on the road in snowy Huddersfield on Saturday...

4 January 2021

Vision to make the run, strength to get in behind his man, ability to so coolly turn the ball home from a tight angle. That was Lucas Joao scoring his first. The second was simply sheer brilliance.

"The most important is the victory," Lucas Joao smiled after our 2-1 win at the John Smiths Stadium on Saturday. "But I am happy I could score two goals and help this team achieve its objective and win!"

The Royals were a goal down at half-time in Huddersfield, but two goals from our in-form frontman, returning to the starting line-up for the first time since suffering an injury late in our home defeat to Birmingham at the start of December, proved vital in earning a winning start to 2021.

"At half-time the feeling was like we could come back. And thanks God and all the effort we put on the pitch, we made it.

"We knew we were 1-0 down, away from home but we knew we wanted the three points...and we went for it! 

"For the first goal, I was thankful to Tom Mac to see my movement and it was a great ball.

"He made my job easy by finding me with a good pass. And of course I have to do my job and finish it, and I did it.

"Then I'm pleased to score the wining goal, but before that was the big effort from the team before the ball even gets to me. I scored the goal but I have to give credit to them for the work before that.

"Personally, I am happy to find the way to score goals and help the team," the striker continued after scoring his 15th and 16th goals of the campaign so far.

"It's great for me and the team that I keep scoring. And at the end of the game, it's very good that we got the three points."

Joao was praised by his manager for his level of performance in what was only his first game back since suffering injury more than three weeks earlier in the campaign.

"It's not good when you get injured and you cannot be here with the lads and help them," he said.

"But the most important thing now is I'm back, I'm here and ready to do what I know best and help the team.

"I came off near the end, but it was just a cramp, I have just come back and it was a hard game played in difficult conditions.

"So now I'll just recover and get ready for the next game.

"We need to enjoy where we are at this half way mark, but still take it game by game.

"Saturday's win has gone and we are already looking to the next one and focusing on three more points."

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