READING striker Joseph Mendes has had to wait for his Championship chance – now Saturday’s two-goal hero is keen to make the most of it by shooting them into the Premier League.

Reading star Joseph Mendes eying the Premier League after Aston Villa heroics

The Frenchman’s match-winning brace on his full league debut came nine months after he signed for Reading from Le Havre but the 26-year-old showed he is desperate to make up for lost time.

He will hope to get another chance to impress at home to rock-bottom Rotherham on Monday. “It has been difficult for me because I had a lot of injuries,” said Mendes, who has struggled with injuries since arriving in England last summer.

“The last two months I’ve worked hard and I have to say thank you to the gaffer for picking me. I was lucky and happy to score two goals.

“The fans have also been patient with me and hopefully I will score a lot of goals now.”

Both of his goals were laid on by on-loan Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban, who then opened his own Reading account with a 79th-minute penalty after Leandro Bacuna fouled Liam Kelly.

Aston Villa captain James Chester had cancelled out Mendes’s opener with a header from a Conor Hourihane corner to send the hosts into the interval level at 1-1.

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