Curo Delighted With Hat-Trick Fantastic

Last updated : 06 August 2002 By Rob Cooper
Reading striker Jamie Cureton did what he does best and put the ball in the net three times during Reading's 5-4 win over West Ham at the Madejski Stadium last night.

Curo spent much of last year warming the subs bench as he never really hit his best form due to a niggling injury. Apparently that is all behind him and after his hat-trick it will be very difficult for Alan Pardew not to play him in the opening day clash at Derby.

There is a lot of competition in the Reading front line; Martin Butler, Nicky Forster, Darius Henderson, Jamie Cureton and Anthony Rougier are all battling it out for just two places in the starting line-up.

Following his hat-trick Curo told "There's a lot of competition and when you get your chance you've got to do your best. I couldn't ask for any more than scoring a hat-trick, now I've got to wait and see what happens on Saturday.

"I thought we did well last night. When you come up against Premiership sides you can be in awe because you respect them and know that they're good players but we stepped up a leveol and did alright."
Speaking about his first goal, a free-kick from outside the box, Cureton said: "I fancy myself with them, I've missed a couple, but at 2-0 down it got us back in it and gave us a bit of a lift because we were getting a bit of a runaround. We started playing better stuff then and making chances."

The striker's second goal, side footed home past David James, came after a good move resulting in an Anthony Rougier cross as Jamie explained: "Rouge did tremendously well, he got into space, put in a early cross, they are always dangerous, and I timed my run well. It was very pleasing to get the goal.