Reading v SAFC

Colback: Graham made an impact

by Stuart Vose

Midfielder on new boy's late cameo.

Jack Colback felt the introduction of new boy Danny Graham off the bench gave players and fans a discernable lift during an ultimately unsuccessful trip to Reading.

Graham – signed for £5m from Swansea on transfer deadline – appeared as a late substitute and almost marked his debut with a goal.

The striker popped up with a bullet header from close range only for Adam Federici to pull off a brilliant stop to turn the ball over the bar.

Reading boss Brian McDermott later described his goalkeeper's intervention as a “match-winning save” after Jimmy Kebe headed in the winning goal at the other end moments later.

But Colback says Graham's impact could certainly be felt after the frontman was roared onto the field by more than 2,000 travelling fans.

“Obviously it's always good to get a new signing on, especially when you get a player of Danny's calibre,” he said after the defeat.

“It was a lift for the fans as well as the team.

“When he had the chance near the end, we thought we could go on and win the game.

“That made it especially disappointing to come away with nothing.”