Le Fondre dedicated FA Cup goals to his auntieBy Jonny Fordham
January 07, 2013
Adam Le Fondre dedicated his FA Cup brace to his late auntie who lost her fight with cancer on New Year's Eve.
Le Fondre, who scored either side of a Noel Hunt strike in Reading's 3-1 win at Crawley Town, lifted up his shirt to display a message to his relative.
Revealing the family heartbreak after the game at Broadfield Stadium he said: "My auntie Sheena died of cancer on New Year's Eve - so the goals were for her.
"It was my special way of sending my condolences, it's been a bit of a tough time.
"I was trying my hardest for the hat-trick, but I was a bit tired after not starting for a few games and that took its toll. I had the chance at the end, but it wasn't meant to be and I'm glad we won.
"It looked like it was going to be one of those days (when Crawley scored after just 15 seconds through Nicky Adams), but we showed a lot of character and calmness.
"I know Nicky from when I was at Rochdale and I said to Hartey before the game that he was a good player. I didn't expect him to spank one in the top corner with his left peg though! But credit to him, it was a great strike.
"But we got on the ball, got into wide ares, created chances and put them away. Me and Hunty worked hard and put a lot of effort into the game."
Royals will welcome Sheffield United to Madejski Stadium in the fourth round of the cup - to be played on the weekend of January 26.
Striker Dave Kitson and left-back Marcus Williams are both set for a return to Berkshire.
However, this Saturday sees Reading return to Premier League action at home to West Brom. And Le Fondre knows they are in desperate need of points to stay up.
"I just hope to be involved - it's not about me, though, it's about the team," added the 26-year-old.
"If I start then brilliant and I'll take my goals into that game."