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Feds: We were solid

12 November 2012

Goalkeeper satisfied with clean sheet

The returning Adam Federici was pleased to keep a clean sheet in front of the Madejski faithful, but felt the Royals should have taken all three points.

'Feds' was back between the sticks and recorded Reading's first clean sheet of the season - but the Aussie was keen to share the credit around the dressing room for keeping the Canaries at bay.

"The defence and the whole team were really solid," he said. "We all worked hard in the week and the boys deserved a clean sheet. Everything was good, but we just lacked a goal.

"We deserved three points, and you can say that for a lot of games this season. But the positives are that we kept a clean sheet and looked really solid so we'll build from that.

"We had a good go but we couldn't get that one big opportunity, although we had loads of half chances. But we've got one monkey off our back with the clean sheet - and the next one will be the three points."

On a personal level, Federici was delighted to be back in action as he replaced the injured Alex McCarthy, who Feds paid tribute to for his run in the side.

"It's been tough, but I've got myself fit again and I'm back playing. I thoroughly enjoyed being back and it was really satisfying to keep a clean sheet.

"Al came in and did terrific - he's a great young goalkeeper and he's going to go miles. I'm sure he'll be wishing me well, just as I did when he was in the side.

"For him to come in and do as well as he did is credit to him and Sal (Bibbo) our goalkeeping coach. We're a good bunch of goalkeepers here and we're all on the same team."

Federici also caught the eye because of his illuminating pink goalkeepers kit, doing his bit for charity - though admitted that it didn't come out of his personal collection! 

"We've got loads of quality in the squad, we've just got to show it now. We're not far away from a win - everyone is confident of it.

"We always look forward to the next game and Everton are very much a team in form at the minute - but everyone knows the Madejski Stadium is a tough place to come to.

"It wasn't my choice, you can thank our kit man for that! He talked me into it so it can auctioned next week for the charity. A few of the boys have got involved with Movember so I'm more than happy to help and have a bit of fun with it."

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