After a difficult season which required a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury, George Pușcaș was finally back into the starting line-up on Tuesday evening to face Blackburn Rovers… and on his first start in almost four months, he put in a stellar display and got the game-winning goal.
Twice going close before netting the game’s only goal midway through the first period, he also put in plenty of hard yards from first minute to last to contribute to the team’s win.
“Finally I was able to get 90 minutes on the pitch, and the win,” George said.
“It has been a tough period for me so I am very happy today because it was a tough game for us, and this three points will push us forward.
“It has been four months since I last started a game. Today, we looked like a quality team. We knew how to defend, how to protect the goal. We got the clean sheet and most important is three points in the pocket.
“Now I have to keep going like this and train hard. I am feeling good and feeling fit, and hopefully in the last 12 games we will be up at the top and will have big joy at the end of the season.
“It was a tough end of the game to be honest, in those last minutes. They have a good team. They pass very well and put us under pressure in our half, and every corner and every foul that we won – they help you to believe, and you have to enjoy these small things in the game.”
And the game’s only goal was evidence if it was needed that there are plenty of ways to find the net.
It was simplicity itself, and proof of what a strong-spirited team can achievement – the team cutting off the passing angles, Omar Richards nicking the ball upfield, Lucas João selflessly squaring and the rifleman firing Reading ahead.
“When you score a goal like that, it looks like a team,” Puski explained.
“When you press like that, every player knows what they need to do on the pitch.
“So if you score a goal like that, it is everyone’s goal – not just mine!”