Mousa ready for Reading
Mousa Dembele knows better than to take anything for granted against Reading at the Lane on New Year’s Day.
The Royals are fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the Premier League and responded to that situation with a 1-0 win against West Ham on Saturday.
We secured a sixth win in eight matches to sit fourth in the Premier League going into 2013.
Mousa, outstanding since returning to the side after a hip problem, says the players will be ‘fully concentrated’ as we return to the Lane after back-to-back away wins at Aston Villa and Sunderland.
“We’re back at home and it’s an important game for us against Reading,” he said.
“Everyone expects that we’ll go out there and win but it won’t be easy. We have to be 100 per cent concentrated for this game.”
We came from behind to win at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and Mousa insisted the belief was there that we’d turn it around.
“Everyone knows Sunderland is a difficult place to play, so we’re very happy with the win,” he said.
“We played very well and went 1-0 down, but we all believed if we played the same way in the second half then we’d get a good result. We had a great mentality, everyone trying to motivate each other and it worked.”
He was also impressed with Aaron Lennon’s winner. “It was a great goal. He did it all himself. It was great quality from a great player, one of many players here who can do that and make a difference. Aaron did that.”
As for his own form, Mousa insisted that the form of the team made it easier for him to perform.
“We’re playing well as a team, playing good football and things are going well for me as well personally. That makes it much easier to play my game. Yes, I’m very happy at the moment.”