McCarthy delighted with extraordinary return to the teamAlex McCarthy made a return from injury that he surely could only have dreamed of. A magical performance between the posts helped Nigel Adkins' men pick up a point and a clean sheet against Liverpool at the weekend and the Royals' Academy graduate was understandably pleased with his comeback.
"It was nice - especially with it being my first game back for a long while," he modestly told Reading Player after the game.
"It was so disappointing to injure my shoulder against QPR...with the last kick of the game as well. Having tasted playing in the Premier League, I just wanted to start my rehab as soon as possible. It was all about getting back out there.
"I'd say it was my best performance. Especially against a team like Liverpool, it was nice to put in a good performance and thankfully get a point."
McCarthy, who has been sidelined since hurting his shoulder in a draw at QPR in November, pulled off saves from point blank range from Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard, tipping wide Philippe Coutinho's low first half effort as well in an extraordinary display of goalkeeping. So which was his favourite save of a busy afternoon?
"It would definitely be the cut back to Gerrard in the second half. Sean [Morrison] has gone in to block it and I've kind of seen it late. I just threw an arm at it - to be honest I didn't think I'd get there but it just hit my hand and went over."
McCarthy will now be hoping he has a less eventful afternoon at Norwich next weekend, but that he can help secure a positive result at Carrow Road.
"This is only one game - we've still got five left," he said. "I'll be happy come the end of the season if I can keep my performances up like that.
"But it's also about the whole team - I thought everyone played a part. Everyone was outstanding.
"In the second half we were pushing for the three points and I thought we were unlucky at times!
"Pepe [Reina] is a top goalkeeper and has been for many years so it was nice to hear him praise my performance."