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“A different challenge”

5 October 2012

Mapps on Swansea task

Adrian Mariappa knows that Saturday’s assignment of Swansea may be somewhat different to most this season – but the defender insists that the Royals are confident of passing the test.

‘Mapps’ will be hoping to start his third match in a row after featuring for Reading at Queens Park Rangers in the League Cup triumph and then playing the full 90 minutes in a rather unjust draw with Newcastle.

“Fitness wise, I feel good,” he said. “I came off with cramp in both calves at the QPR game which is the first time it’s ever happened to me.

“I haven’t played regular football for a little while now so it was a case of recovering and now I think I’ve done that.

“With Newcastle, it’s always disappointing to concede a goal but as it was a handball it was a tough pill to swallow. But at the end of the day, it was a very good performance from us and we deserved to get the win.

“We need to learn where we can better and take the positives from the Newcastle game to Swansea.”

The defender has faced the Swans several times in recent years with Watford - as have the Royals, and can’t wait to do battle with them again.

“We’re very confident going into the game. We know what they’re about and we’ll be looking forward to it.

“It’s a different challenge – every game and team is different. We’ve all played against Swansea and we know that they like to keep possession and pass the ball.

“The fans were brilliant at the QPR game and on Saturday they’ll be there in their numbers which will be brilliant for the team to get behind us again.”

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