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Mapps: No fear

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11:01 28th November 2012

Defender sees every game as 'cup final'

Returning defender Adrian Mariappa says the side isn't daunted by the task ahead of them as the Royals look to dust themselves down ahead of the visit of Manchester United.

'Mapps' expressed his satisfaction at being back in the team but was naturally gutted - as a late, perhaps dubious, header from Christian Benteke stole all three points for Aston Villa.

"Obviously I'm happy to be back in the team," he said. "But it's all about the result and we came away disappointed having lost.

"They've got some good strikers but I felt we defended well against them, and it was a set piece that beat us which was gutting.

"As you can imagine, we're disappointed. We expect better because we've got a real belief about what we've got in the changing room.

"We all want to play well for the manager and we're fully behind him. We want to play well as a group but we've got genuine belief amongst us to get out of this.

"It's the fine details that have undone us so far this season. We're going to have get it right and get it right quick - which I'm sure we will do.

"If you look at how many goals we've scored this season it shows that we are creating chances - and taking them. I don't think that's a problem - we've got fantastic attacking players at this club."

Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils will arrive at RG2 this Saturday - a side that Mariappa believes are certainly not unbeatable, and says the Royals will be going into every game as if it's a Cup Final.

"All we can do now is pick ourselves up for Saturday and look to get some points. Every game is a big game and we'll go into them as if they are cup finals - that's the only way you can approach the Premier League. 

"We'll be underdogs on Saturday but it will be a game that we'll all be looking forward to. It's a quick turnaround, we're at home and we'll be looking forward to it like any other game.

"We've just got to focus on our game - we've seen that Norwich beat them so we know that anyone can beat anyone in this league.

"It's all about us getting it right on the day, playing with no fear, loads of freedom and a real belief. If we do that then we've got a decent chance.

"In the short space I've been here the fans have been brilliant, home and away. They will be understandably frustrated when we're not winning games but they make a real difference to us so we need them."

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