Adam Federici: Reading FC v Ipswich is massiveBy Jonny Fordham
November 04, 2009
Adam Federici has billed Reading’s showdown against fellow strugglers Ipswich Town as the biggest game at Madejski Stadium so far this season.
The 6ft 3ins keeper also highlighted the match as a great chance to end Royals’ winless streak at home in the Championship which stretches back an unbelievable nine months and 16 games.
The 24-year-old said: “It’s our biggest game at Madejski Stadium so far this season for sure.
“We’re two very similar teams, I don’t think it’s a defining moment or anything as there’s a long way to go.
“But from our point of view we need to keep up our performance levels and if we do we shouldn’t have a problem. It’s a great opportunity to get rid of the home hoodoo as well.
“It’ll be a massive game for them as they’ve just won their first game and will be taking confidence from that, so it should be great for everyone to watch.”
In an unusual set of circumstances, Rosenior is eligible to play for Roy Keane’s Tractor Boys, but Federici is hopeful the 25-year-old defender will let slip some inside information about his adopted club before the early season six-pointer.
Federici continued: “I’ll be a bit strange playing against him, I wasn’t sure if he could play.
“It was only a few months ago that he was a part of this team and I’m sure if he’s playing he would give up a few secrets.”
Boss Brendan Rodgers has also thought about putting the squad up in a hotel before the next home game and driving them round the town beforehand so it feels like an away fixture.
And with Royals having won three, drawn one and lost three on the road, compared to drawing three and losing four at home, Federici admits it’s not the worse idea he has heard of.
“If we win I wouldn’t mind it, we just want anything to get us a win at home I guess,” said Federici.
“We need to win this one and get the ball moving and once we get that added confidence we’ll start moving up the table.”
And with Royals not playing another league game until November 21 against Blackpool at home, Federici is hopeful he’ll be included in the international set-up for Australia.
He added: “We’ve got the international break a week after and it would be fantastic going into that with a couple of wins on our backs and go into a fresh start after the break.”