Monday, July 27, 2009

Reading boss praise for prolific Long

Brendan Rodgers has praised hot-shot striker Shane Long after he scored all four of Reading’s goals in their second match in Sweden.

The 22-year-old Ireland international scored twice either side of half-time against Tolo IF on Saturday, staking his claim to spearhead the Royals attack in Rodgers’ preferred 4-3-3 formation.

Speaking after the 4-0 win, Rodgers said: “He scored four and maybe could have had three or four more, he was outstanding.

“His movements good, he’s obviously adapting to a new way of working and playing and I thought you can see he can play in that role and play with real good quality.

“He’s not just a runner and a goal-scorer ,I think you can see him developing his footballing attributes.

“His hold-up play was good and the final phase of the game in scoring goals he was prolific.”

With Welsh international Simon Church banging in four so far during pre-season, equaling his tally in one game would have given Long’s confidence a great boost.

Fellow striker, countryman and best-mate Noel Hunt also got another run-out, along with 19-year-old Nicholas Bignall who has an on-going groin problem.

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