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.