Simon Cox wants goals

Simon Cox wants goals

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND international Simon Cox wants to rediscover his goalscoring touch for Reading.

Cox is the Royals’ top scorer, but has spoken to Reading boss Steve Clarke about improving his strike rate ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Nottingham Forest.  “It’s not a worry, but it’s something I have to address,” Cox said.

“I’ve had a chat to the manager and he’s said that to me.  He said, look you did well first part of the season, no-one can argue with the workrate you put in, but we need the goals as well.

“So it’s something since Monday, when he told me I wasn’t travelling to Huddersfield, that I’ve sat back and thought about.”

Cox’s last goal for Reading was on December 28 in the 2-1 victory over Norwich City.  “Not scoring in so many games is a tough one to take when you’re put up there to score goals,” the 27 year-old admits.

“From the turn of the year I have assisted two or three and I’ve had to strike up a partnership with Pavel (Pogrebnyak), which is obviously something I had with Glenn (Murray) in the first half of the season.”

“But I just have to keep getting in the box, keep getting my shots away and hitting the target.  If I keep doing that, one has to go in at some point.

“That’s something that I will be looking to do on Saturday. But more importantly I will be looking to help the lads put a performance in to get the three points.”