Church celebrates birthday goals against West HamBy Jonny Fordham
December 12, 2011
Simon Church's two goals in the 3-0 win over West Ham United were the perfect present on his 23rd birthday.
The Reading striker came off the bench to bag two in four minutes at a packed-out Madejski Stadium.
His 80th and 84th-minute strikes were top of his birthday wish-list and rounded off a great day for Royals after Alex Pearce's 67th-minute effort got them on the road to victory against the Hammers, who ended up with just nine men.
"It's a nice little present," said the Wales international.
"It was a good day and obviously a great win for us. Everyone can beat everyone in this league, that's the great thing about it.
"We knew on the back of last week we knew we had to put in a performance and I thought we did that."
Church was disappointed not to start against the Championship high-fliers after seeing a goal disallowed in the 1-0 defeat at Blackpool the week before.
'No one likes being put on the bench," he said.
"Obviously at the end of the day it's down to the manager to pick the team, but I was pretty disappointed.
"That's how it is sometimes. I just focused on when I got my chance hopefully taking it and I was fortunate to get two goals."
To celebrate turning 23, Church had to bring cakes in to training last Friday, but admitted that although they went down well with greedy goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo, the rest of the squad weren't so happy with his choice.
He added: "I got battered for that because mine were shocking.
"I didn't make them, I got them at Costco and Sal definitely ate the most!"