Rougier: We Must Aspire Towards Promotion

Last updated : 03 September 2002 By Rob Cooper
Anthony Rougier
Rougier (in the red) battles for the ball
Rougier believes that now that the Royals have got their four tough opening fixtures, which he described as a 'baptism of fire', against Derby, Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry and Leicester out of the way the team can show what they are made of.

Speaking to his site,, he said: "That was a great result today, and I hear that leaves us joint 10th in the table. Thats fantastic.

"People were righting us off a few weeks off, we are now just showing them what we are made of.

"The start of the season was a baptism of fire for us really, and we are glad that we got those out of the way. In some ways it was good to have a start like that, as you know what we must aspire to for promotion to the Premiership."

The ex-Trinidad & Tobago international has been unable to break into the team this season. After featuring up-front alongside Nicky Forster heavily last season Martin Butler and Jamie Cureton have renewed their old partnership - meaning he is unable to get a game. On the wing John Salako has made the place his own.

"I keep being asked 'Rougier, when are you going to play?' - this is up to the manager. I have been reassured that I feature in his plans, which I am happy about. All I can do is work hard in training and be ready and eager when called upon.

"I can't say that it isn't frustrating sitting on the bench, and just coming on for 15 minutes every other game, because it is.

"I am a professional footballer and want to play football, but Alan is a good manager, and he will pick what he feels is the best team. I promise to all Reading fans, that when my time comes I will take it with both hands, and do my team proud."