City win must be a spring­board urges Clement

The Wokingham Paper - - PROPERTY -

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.

Head over to­day for the lat­est team news and see The Sports Pa­per in­side for more from Satur­day’s vic­tory.

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