Royal relief after maiden win
Reading's two-goal hero Adam Le Fondre admitted it was a huge relief for his side to finally collect their first Barclays Premier League win of the season.
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Brian McDermott's men came from 1-0 down to beat Everton 2-1 at home yesterday courtesy of a second-half brace from Le Fondre.
The result not only saw Reading pick up their first three-point haul of the campaign but also moved them out of the bottom three in the table.
Le Fondre said: "It's a massive relief for all of us.
"We've got the three points and it's a monkey off our backs as they say. It's a magnificent result for us. We've been working hard all season to get that win and we've been in some great positions so far this season and not finished teams off."
Everton took the lead in the first half through Steven Naismith as the Scotland international capitalised on Reading's inability to clear the ball.
But despite being second best for much of the opening 45 minutes, Le Fondre said the Reading players never felt out of the game and praised the approach of McDermott.
"I didn't think there was much in it in the first half, but they were playing some good football and creating chances, which was a problem for us. I had a good chance just after they scored which I should have done better with actually," he said.
"At half-time, we had a word with ourselves and said 'we need to play the Reading way'. That is what got us promoted to the Premier League after all.
"The gaffer was brilliant. He just tells you what you need to do. We just wanted to get a bit higher up the pitch, press a little higher from midfield and defence and shut down better and be more compact in the spaces in between.
"Coming out for that second half, I'm sure everyone could see a massive difference. We absolutely battered Everton for a time and we fully deserved our win."
Former Rotherham striker Le Fondre headed Reading level six minutes after the re-start and was then on hand to tuck away a late penalty to wrap up the three points.
The 25-year-old would have been under immense pressure to score from the spot to set up a much-needed victory but he was always confident in his ability.
"If I get a penalty I tend to score them," he said.
"I brought it down on my chest and a player barged into my back.
"I was feeling a little bit of cramp so I thought 'I'm not looking for any corners here, I'll just put it down the middle'.
"We need to build on that result and look to go from strength to strength. We can't wait for Wigan next weekend now, we'll hopefully take this momentum up there with us."
Everton were without captain Phil Neville for the defeat with Toffees' manager David Moyes confirming afterwards that the 35-year-old underwent a knee operation and will be absent for six to eight weeks.
Influential midfielder Marouane Fellaini, meanwhile, will also miss next weekend's home fixture against in-form Norwich through suspension.
However, Moyes will be boosted by the news that Darron Gibson is set to feature in an under-21 clash with Reading today as he continues his comeback from a thigh injury that has ruled him out since September 1.