Reading enjoyed a successful Easter spell after winning four points from two games against the promotion chasing Sheffield United and Swansea City, and defender Tom McIntyre was the hero of both.

McIntyre struck late to pick up three points at Bramall Lane, then backed it up with a last-gasp equalizer against Swansea three days later.

The 23-year-old recalled what assistant manager Alex Rae told him that gave him the boost he needed as he scored two vital goals in Reading’s fight to survive.

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McIntyre said: “I said to Luke Southwood I don’t think I’d be able to beat on Friday and we were saying I wouldn’t score a bigger goal at a bigger time… but Alex Rae said I would. would do, ‘I promise you will’ and next Monday I probably scored a bigger one!

“The manager said to me again when I walked in wondering ‘what are you doing up there again? then it’s one of those things!

He added: “I like to get on corners and there’s always the chance for a defender to score a goal, so I’m happy when the chances come up, I’ve taken them.”

Despite making headlines, McIntyre refused to take all the credit and praised his side’s attitude and hard work despite a difficult season for the Royals.

McIntyre said: “I know how it works, I scored the goal so people are saying well done on a personal level, but at the same time the guys have all put in such a transplant and worked so hard to get us back into this. game and hopefully the fans can see it.

Reading are back in the league this weekend as they can confirm another season in the second tier if they avoid defeat to Hull City on Saturday.

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