Le Fondre wants starting role at Reading after inspiring West Brom comeback

The Royals striker came off the bench for the 12th time this campaign to help his side gain an unlikely three points at the Madejski Stadium, following an eight-minute turnaround
Adam Le Fondre is eager to prove he is more than just a “super sub” after inspiring Reading to a 3-2 victory over West Brom on Saturday.

The 26-year-old striker who made his name in the lower echelons of English football with Stockport County, Rochdale and Rotherham United, joined Reading in 2011.

And the Stockport-born striker wants to be given the chance to shine amidst speculation that manager Brian McDermott is eyeing up a move for a new striker.

"I’m not too fond about coming off the bench - I would prefer to start. But it’s just a role I’ve got for the time being,” Le Fondre told reporters.
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"Obviously I like being on the pitch when the goals go in. It’s a good message that when I come on the pitch we score goals but it’s just one of those things I guess.

"I think the gaffer knows my situation but we are playing 4-5-1 most of the time and I’ve not got the physique to play up front on my own. I’m just going to have to bide my time and wait for my chance to get back in the team."

Le Fondre scored from the penalty spot to equalise in the 88th minute, bagging his sixth goal of the season, before Pavel Pogrebnyak sealed all three points with his last-minute winner.

The turnaround delighted McDermott whose side are still languishing in the relegation zone, despite the vital three points and he is hoping that the result can reignite their season.

"We have been written off for ages, since we won promotion. All we will do is the best we can. What you saw out there was a great spirit and desire and people pulling in the same direction," McDermott added.

"That comes from three years of working with similar players and my philosophy. We are trying to win every game we can. At 2-2 we are trying to win. My philosophy is you try and win games.

"I have learned a lot about this division in the last four months. It is an incredible division. Sometimes you can’t be gung-ho, you can’t go for it like a boxer because you will get knocked out."