Hope Akpan sees the funny side of flukey assistBy Jonny Fordham
January 24, 2013
Hope Akpan has seen the funny side of his flukey assist on his Reading debut.
Akpan was introduced as a substitute in the second half of Reading’s 2-1 win over Newcastle United and helped set-up the winner for goal hero Adam Le Fondre.
As the ball fell to the midfielder he went to shoot, but instead scuffed his effort right to the path of poacher Le Fondre, who made no mistake of smashing the ball home.
“Obviously I went to shoot,” smiled Akpan, who became the 10th player to make his debut for the club this season.
“It ended up being a disguised pass and I don’t mind that at all! I’ve had a few comments about it and some of them have been quite funny.”
With Royals still in the relegation zone they will take any result they can right now.
But Reading looked to have turned the corner and midfielder Akpan, signed for £300,000 from League One side Crawley Town earlier this month, is happy to be playing a part.
“The lads have been really good with me since I came here,” said the 21-year-old.
“We’re confident that we can go on a little bit of a run to get us out of the relegation zone.
“I’m always looking to improve my own game and being a Liverpool fan I’ve always looked up to Steven Gerrard – as well as Patrick Vieira.
“I like to get into the box and I’m trying to add goals to my game. I actually used to be a striker, but since I was a teenager I have played in midfield.”
Akpan will be forced to sit out this weekend after he played for Crawley in their 3-1 defeat to Royals in the third round of the FA Cup, meaning he will be cup-tied for Saturday’s fourth round clash.
Dave Kitson and Marcus Williams’ Sheffield United are the visitors to Madejski Stadium (3pm kick-off).