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Two terrific home wins

PUBLISHED: 10:17 31 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:44 06 July 2010

ROYALS REVIEW

We've had two really good wins over Christmas.

We were really pleased to beat one of the top sides in the division in Leiston on Boxing Day.

ROYALS REVIEW

We've had two really good wins over Christmas.

We were really pleased to beat one of the top sides in the division in Leiston on Boxing Day. It was not probably our best performance to be fair, but we scored after two minutes.

They got a penalty just before half-time but we scored a goal that deserved to win any game really. It was a good ball in from Taz Grint and cracking header from Nathan Stone.

I thought we just about shaded it. It was a close game as expected, but again defensively we were very good.

Close to 400 fans were there which was pleasing and I think they saw a good game.

Against Norwich United on Monday, I always felt it was going to be hard coming off the Leiston game. We did make two or three changes to try to freshen it up a little bit.

But we did take a little while to get going and huffed and puffed a little bit to be fair. In the first half we had a couple of chances to take the lead but unfortunately got a little bit sloppy from a corner and they went 1-0 up and it stayed that way until half-time.

We came out in the second half and we had lots of the ball but didn't really work their goalkeeper hard enough.

The game seemed to be petering out, but we made two changes and brought Andy Key and Russell Stock on for the last 25 minutes and it changed the shape of the game really.

Taz put in a really good cross and Russell showed what he's all about with a really good header to make it 1-1. Then Nathan picked the ball up on the halfway line and took the ball past a player and touched it in from a tight angle for his third goal in two games and it was really pleasing to get back-to-back wins.

The lads put a terrific effort over Christmas to be fair and six points out of six speaks for itself.

Maybe not two of our best performances, but I think it bodes well when you're not at your best and you win two games, so I'm really pleased with the effort they've put in.

That's 20 for the season now for Nathan, and when you look back he was in and out of the side at the start of the season. He worked really hard to get back and he not played probably in his favourite position for the majority of that either.

We've played him wide a in a five in midfield generally, and to get 20 at this point in the season is great.

We've got Dereham away on Saturday. They beat us 3-0 at home earlier in the season and I don't think our record's particularly good against Dereham, home or away.

They've had a bit of an indifferent season. I did expect them to be up there and challenging to be honest after they had a really good preseason.

I think they've had a few injuries and a bit of lack of form, but they're a good side and they showed that at Walmer Road when they won there, so it'll be a tough game.

We've got no new injury worries, but Chris Henderson is suspended after picking up five bookings, but we've just brought Andy Key in and he's looked quite good in the two games he has played.

He hasn't started those games but possibly that'll be an option for us on Saturday.

From myself and Jon Reynolds and everybody at the club we wish all our players and supporters a happy New Year.

Stewart Larter was speaking to Jonathan Redhead

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