Reading boss Steve Clarke said Yakubu Aiyegbeni’s winner in the FA Cup was exactly why he brought the striker to the club.
Former Super Eagles forward Yakubu Aiyegbeni on Saturday made a little bit of history by putting Reading into the quarter-finals for only the fourth time since the club was formed in 1871.
It was a superb finish from the 32-year-old which has earned plaudits from the Royals boss, Steve Clarke and he said, “We knew what we were getting when we signed him, Yak’s a goalscorer and we brought him in for games like that, when it’s open and you know you’re going to create chances towards the end.
“It was a great pass from Hal, who also took his goal very well. You expect Yak to hit the target there, 9 times out of 10 he scores and thankfully us today was one of the 9!
“The goal was exactly why I put him on! He came on midweek, got a good introduction to the Championship when he took an elbow to the face and broke his nose! But we fixed him up and he still looks gorgeous! It’s not a surprise when he scores in that situation.”
Overall it was a super team display with grit, resilience and also chances created – traits of the Clarke era so far.