McCleary says Reading looking to build home fortress


December 28, 2016
Garath McCleary

READING, England (CMC):

Garath McCleary said Reading were looking to be formidable on home turf following their 3-1 victory over 10-man Norwich City on Monday.

The Jamaica international hit a 68th minute goal from a missed penalty, as the Royals clinched their fifth consecutive English League Championship victory against the Canaries at the Madejski Stadium, the club's ground.

"It's been going really well," McCleary said on the club's website. "[This] game was obviously really tough - Norwich are a good team and on their day they can beat anyone.

"They have a lot of players that were playing in the Premier League as recently as last season, so it's good to get three points - and roll on Fulham, who we owe!

"We're trying to make this place a fortress, where we don't get beat too often. We don't want to get beat anywhere, but especially not at home. It was a good win, especially against a tough team like Norwich."

McCleary's goal, hit on the rebound from a Yann Kermorgant penalty, was the middle of the three - and re-established a lead after Nelson Oliveira had equalised for Norwich.

Kermorgant had opened the scoring by guiding in a header from Liam Kelly's free kick, and Callum Harriott hammered in a thunderbolt in added time to round off the scoring.

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