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Doyle sure goal drought will end

Kevin Doyle
All five of Doyle's goals this season for Reading have been headers (Getty)

Reading striker Kevin Doyle is confident his strike-rate will improve soon, despite a paltry return of only five goals so far this season.

Doyle, who last scored on 8 December against Liverpool, told BBC Radio Berkshire: "It's not nice as a striker - people expect goals out of you.

"But I am very happy with my overall play. I was more worried about that than goals for a while.

"Thankfully my form has come back and usually the goals come with that."

Doyle added that it has been reassuring to have the support of his manager Steve Coppell.

If we can get three points from that game, it really will make things look very good for us as we come to the end of the season.

Kevin Doyle

"It is nice that he keeps picking me - it is a competitive position - so I suppose that shows I'm doing something right," he said.

Reading have won three of their last four games, a run of form that has seen them climb out of the relegation zone and they are now five points from danger.

This weekend Reading face Blackburn Rovers at the Madejski Stadium - a game Doyle thinks they can take the Royals closer still to safety.

He said: "It is another tough game but Blackburn are not a team that are flying in the league and they are a team that, at home, we look to get something from.

"If we can get three points from that game, it really will make things look very good for us as we come to the end of the season.

"In the next three games we are playing Blackburn, Newcastle and Fulham. If we can get points from those three games then it will be a happy last few weeks of the season."


see also
Reading 3-1 Liverpool
08 Dec 07 |  Premier League


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