Jobi McAnuff backs Reading FC to go on a runBy Jonny Fordham
November 02, 2009
Star performer Jobi McAnuff is hoping Reading can go on a run after picking up their third win of the season and ending their four game losing streak.
McAnuff supplied a pin-point cross for former Watford team-mate Grzegorz Rasiak to head Royals into an almost instant lead with just 31 seconds on the clock at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.
The former Wimbledon, Crystal Palace and Cardiff City ace then found the net with his own strike in the 53rd minute, before turning provider for Poland international Rasiak to make certain of all three points in the 71st minute.
Freddie Eastwood struck a 25-yard drive into the back of Adam Federici’s net in the 63rd minute, but Brendan Rodgers’ team managed to control the game from start to finish and kept their composure after the Sky Blues pegged one back.
And McAnuff admitted: “It was a good start getting the goal so early and we managed to carry the performance on throughout the game.
“It sounds a bit silly, but sometimes you can score a bit too early, but I thought we went on really well after going one up and never really let them back into it.
“I’ve been playing on the left for most of the season, but in the last couple of games I’ve been switched to the right which is my stronger foot as well.
“Grzegorz is a great target-man to play with and you just have to get the ball up to him as much as you can. We know we’ve got the ability, it’s just about going out there and doing it all on a regular basis.”
Rodgers made just one change to the side that lost to Leicester City, with captain Ivar Ingimarsson back from a one game suspension, replacing the injured Matt Mills at centre-back.
Jimmy Kebe also missed out with a groin injury and assistant physio Luke Anthony filled in for Chelsea bound Jon Fearn who was attending a course in Scotland.
Royals flourished at the Ricoh putting in their most complete and confident performance of the season against Chris Coleman’s side who had won just once in their last seven games, easing the pressure off Rodgers.
And McAnuff said he had a good record in the Midlands: “I normally do alright at the Ricoh and I’ve managed to get a few goals and assists there in the past.
“Since I’ve been in the team I’ve really enjoyed it and the manager’s style of play really suits me down to the ground.
“It’s nice to get the assists and the goal and long may it continue. It was a great team performance and when we play like that it’s a joy to be part of out on the pitch.
“My goal was good in the way it was set up for me, I just had to get my head over the ball to control it and it was nice to see it hit the back of the net.”
But for now, the 27-year-old wing wizard is turning all his attentions to what could be an early season six-pointer against Roy Keane’s Ipswich Town on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
He added: “The home form is a bit of an issue, it’s important to get that one sorted and next Saturday against Ipswich will be a massive game for us.
“We’re hoping with the games that are coming up we can go on a bit of a run and move up the table.”