Embarrassed Federici will pick himself up for ChelseaBy Jonny Fordham
August 20, 2012
Embarrassed Adam Federici has accepted full responsibility for his clanger in the 1-1 draw with Stoke City.
The usually rock-solid Royals goalkeeper, one of the stand-out performers in the Championship-winning season, made a howler when he let Michael Kightly's scuffed 35th-minute shot slip through his hands in Reading's opening Premier League game of the season
Luckily for the Australia international, team-mate Adam Le Fondre scored a penalty two minutes from time to earn a point and get Brian McDermott's men off the mark.
"The boys deserved something out of it, but with my mistake in the first-half, it wasn't a great start," began 27-year-old Federici when giving an honest and frank analysis of his mistake.
"It's been a long journey and I've come a long way to get here, but it's a bit disappointing on my behalf. I'm very hard on myself and don't make those kind of mistakes in training, let alone games.
"I've been dreaming about playing in the Premier League for a long time, so I'm a little bit embarrassed.
"It took a massive deflection and it spun off my wet top - I just lost it. I didn't let it affect me during the game though.
"But Stoke are a big strong team and we matched them in every department."
Federici has little time to feel sorry for himself, with Royals travelling to play European champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday (7.45pm kick-off).
Roberto Di Matteo's side kicked-off their own league campaign with a solid 2-0 win away to Wigan thanks to goals from Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard.
Fernando Torres, who was largely a flop last season but has rediscovered his form, will also be one to watch for the Blues.
"I've played against him before, in a cup tie, and I think he scored a hat-trick against me," Federici added.
"I'll be looking forward to it though, I'm sure it will be a good test. I think there is a lot of gloss on the Premier League.
"I was a little bit nervous to start with (against Stoke), so were the boys, but it's just another game and it's the same environment."