Reading: Nick Blackman keen to extend prolific scoring form

Nick Blackman
Nick Blackman has almost doubled his Reading goal tally so far this season

Reading's Nick Blackman admits "a heart-to-heart" at the end of last season with boss Steve Clarke triggered his switch from midfielder to striker.

The 25-year-old, nominated for September's Championship player of the month, has eight goals in 12 games and helped push his side into the top six.

He said a run of games in his favoured position had also given him confidence.

"Hopefully we can continue as we're all pulling in the same direction," he told BBC Radio Berkshire.

Blackman found the net four times for Reading in all competitions during September compared to just nine goals in the previous two seasons.

Nick Blackman's September to remember
Blackman scored in every one of Reading's matches in the month of September except for the 1-0 home defeat against Derby.

The Bury-born forward was thrust into a Premier League relegation battle upon his arrival from Sheffield United in January 2013, shortly followed by the departure of then manager Brian McDermott.

"I've had a couple of frustrating years since I've been here," he said.

"I think the main thing is I've been given a consistent run of games in a forward position and not necessarily being a rigid right-winger.

"I did my best for the team, but I don't think it's my best position. Just getting a continued run of games is important."

Blackman's chat with Reading manager Clarke before the summer break discussed at length his preference to play up front.

"I've been used used as a wide forward, which I really enjoy there. But, we had a heart-to-heart at the end of last season and it was good and was needed."