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Jem: "No pressure"

10 October 2012

Karacan confident on Royals form

Midfielder Jem Karacan says there's no pressure on the team and has every faith in the Reading's ability to compete in the Barclays Premier League.

The Royals picked up an important point on the road at Swansea on Saturday, stretching our unbeaten run to three games - but 'Jemba' was naturally disappointed not to win, especially seeing his headed effort cleared off the line late on.

"It was nearly similar to my goal at Notts Forest two seasons ago," he explained. "I was literally just waiting for it to drop in but Ashley Williams made a great clearance on the goalline.

"It was disappointed because we were 2-0 up and they got a lucky deflection to get back into it, but it's just one of those things.

"We were so good last year at seeing things out, but this is an unforgiving league that we'll learn from quickly. Swansea is a tough place to go so we could be looking back at the end of the season thinking 'that was a good point'."

Karacan was quick to point out the positives of the Royals' steady form and insists the team will be raring to go after the international break.

"It's three unbeaten for us now and we'll go into the next game full of confidence aiming to get a win," he added.

"We've all dreamed about playing in this league - I have since I can remember. We deserve to be here and we're proving that day in, day out.

"We're scoring goals, getting points on the board against teams that finished in the top ten last season. There's no pressure - we know how good we are but we've still got a lot of proving to do.

"Ideally we want to play every week but after the international break we'll recoup and get ready for Liverpool at Anfield."

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