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Tabb: What drives me

21 November 2012

Midfielder speaks about competition for places

Jay Tabb feels that the likes of Danny Guthrie and Jem Karacan edging closer to recovery gives him the motivation to perform at the highest level he can.

The midfielder has started the last five games in a Reading shirt - and whilst he's loving every minute, Tabb knows he can't take his place in the side for granted.

"I don't think I'll be that player that's always guaranteed to be on the team sheet - I'll always have to earn it," Jay said. "Each game, I'm always trying to prove myself to the manager and the fans.

"I saw Jem and Danny Guthrie running around training yesterday with the physio. They're getting closer to fitness every day - which puts pressure on myself to play well in every game.

"If you have a bad game and the results don't come then you can be out of the side. But that's the nature of football and the nature of having a talented squad like we have.

"I was a little bit nervous at Swansea for my first Premier League game, but I can honestly say that since then I've gone out and enjoyed every game.

"It's the best league in the world so to be involved in it is a dream come true. Over the summer, people would give me a pat on the back and congratulate me on being a Premier League player but I said 'No, until you have a run of games you can't class yourself as that'.

"You just can't get complacent. I'm looking ahead to Wigan on Saturday and I'll try and make it my best performance so far."

Looking ahead to Saturday's clash, Tabb paid tribute to Roberto Martinez' Wigan side - but says that, just like every other game, Reading will be going for the win.

"Wigan are a good side - their manager has got them going, just like he did at Swansea. I'd imagine they'll be a very solid team and they'll pass it around well. It'll be another tough game, but from our point of view, it's just 11 v 11.

"We never think 'we'll take a point here' - we'll be going there trying to win the game and I'm really looking forward to it."

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