Our season starts right here, says Foster

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STEPHEN Foster is hopeful the club’s first win of the season will prove a turning point.

The Reds clinched a fine 2-1 win at Reading on Saturday courtesy of goals from centre-back Foster and midfielder Matt Done, who started for the first time this season. Goalkeeper Luke Steele played a key role with two stunning penalty saves to frustrate the Royals as Keith Hill’s side bounced back from three successive defeats, which had started with a surprise loss in the Carling Cup first round.

“Hopefully Saturday’s result will prove to be something of a turning point for us,” Foster told The Star. “We didn’t have had the best of starts after losing the three games at home, but we’ve shown on our travels that we shouldn’t fear anyone in this division. It’s been taking a few of the lads a little while to settle in, but we showed at Reading that we are very capable of getting good results so we’ve got to take heart from that.”

Next up for the Reds is a difficult away trip against Millwall, opponents who thrive at home in the Lions’ Den.

“We’re travelling again at the weekend and Millwall is another very tough place to go to, but now we’ve shown that we have got the players and the quality in the squad to upset so-called bigger teams” added Foster. “We’ll go to Millwall with confidence and you never know, back-to-back wins can have you flying up the table. There’s never much distance between top and bottom so a couple of wins can fire you up there. We have worked hard and we deserved to get that win.”

Foster took time out to praise Steele after his saves proved crucial in getting their season on the right track. He said: “We’ve all knew he’s a top quality keeper but to save two penalties like that was amazing. A lot of people rate him very highly and at Reading you could see exactly why. He pulled off a few excellent saves in open play too. We don’t want to be giving penalties away regularly of course, but hopefully if that does happen we know with Luke we’ve got someone who’ll give us a chance against them.”