McAnuff looks to build on United performanceBy Jonny Fordham
February 20, 2013
Jobi McAnuff hopes to chip in with some important goals between now and the end of the season.
The Reading skipper scored for the first time in 11 months when he slotted past Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea on Monday night.
Only on two occasions that McAnuff has scored have Reading lost.
And the 31-year-old is keen to add to his tally of 14 since he arrived at Madejski Stadium in August 2009.
He said: “It was a nice place to get one and long overdue.
“Hopefully I have a few important ones to come from now until the end of the season.
“The main thing is to keep performing well.
“Sometimes they are more difficult because you have more time. I just tried to control it and stay calm and it went in.”
Royals held their own against the 11-times winners of the FA Cup and the Premier League leaders.
It might be their second defeat in as many games, but McAnuff isn’t getting too disheartened.
He explained: “Overall, there are a lot of positives to take.
“It is a pretty imposing place to come and I thought we gave a good account of ourselves.
“We were solid, had a bit of a bad spell at the start of the second half and I think Van Persie made a difference.
“But we showed great character to get a goal at the end and we could have nicked something.
“That will put us in a good mood for Saturday (at home to Wigan, 3pm kick-off) and when we have to come back to Old Trafford (on Saturday, March 16, 5.30pm kick-off and live on Sky) we know we can equip ourselves well.
“I think Nani was outstanding when he came on.
“When they bring players of that calibre on you sometimes have to hold your hands up to how good they are.”
Goalkeeper Adam Federici was Reading’s star of the show pulling off save after save, but for his team-mates, they see that class every day in training.
“We know what he is capable of,” continued McAnuff.
“He had a bit of a sticky start to the season, but he has shown what great character he is and what a top goalkeeper he is.
“We see that every day and it’s nice to see it on this stage against the top clubs.”
This Saturday Reading have a winnable game at home to Wigan.
Billed as a relegation six-pointer as Brian McDermott’s 18th-placed outfit welcome Roberto Martinez’s 19th-placed team to Berkshire, McAnuff has attempted to ease the pressure on the hosts going into the contest.
He said: “Come the end of the season, if we need to win against West Ham to stay up then that’s a must-win game.
“Other than that, it’s a game of football and there are still a lot of points to play for.
“Of course it’s a big game, but they all are in the league that we are in.
“We’re in decent form and we’re playing fairly well.
“We’re very confident at the moment and we just need to keep going.”
And after throwing away another lead at the DW Stadium in November, Royals will also have added impetus this time round.
And McAnuff added: “That’s something we’ve looked at. Given the circumstances, we’ve given them a gift and we should have got a draw.”