City win must be a springboard urges Clement
PAUL CLEMENT has called on his side to use their win over Bristol City as a springboard to climb up the Championship table.
Goals from Yakou Meite, Liam Kelly and Leandro Bacuna earned Reading a 3-2 success over the Robins at Madejski Stadium at the weekend, just a fourth league victory of the season.
And while the Royals remain in the relegation zone, they have a big chance to clinch backto-back wins for the first time in almost a year when they welcome rock-bottom Ipswich Town to Berkshire on Saturday (3pm).
“I think it was a really important result for the club,” said Reading boss Clement.
“With everyone involved right from our owners through to me and ultimately the players, there was a lot of pressure.
“There has been a lot of pressure building because of the performances and the results, which is normal.
“So it’s a really, really good feeling to win at home and hopefully we can use it as a little bit of a springboard now, which is something we’ve not managed to do so far this season.”
He added: “We’ve got to back it up, that’s the important thing.
“All the focus now is on (Ipswich) and let’s see if, for the first time this season, we can go backto-back wins. It would be great.”
Clement made three changes to his side for the visit of Bristol City, including handing a full league debut to academy product Andy Rinomhota.
And the 21-year-old midfielder impressed throughout before being withdrawn late on. “I thought he played really well,” said Clement. “He’s had to be patient for his opportunity and he has been but he’s a fantastic professional and boy.
“Every day (he is) really committed to learning, improving and giving his best.
“He’s a credit to this club, the academy and his family. I’m sure they were very proud to see him.
“I think his mum and dad were there to see him. He got a nice ovation when he went off and I thought it was thoroughly deserved.”
Clement could face a selection headache up front for Ipswich clash with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson set for a spell on the sidelines with a broken bone in his back while Meite limped off with an ankle problem against Bristol City.
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