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Jobi: We're still close

26 February 2013

'We're in a healthy position'

Captain Jobi McAnuff says the time to judge the Royals is at the end of this Barclays Premier League campaign.

Despite the disappointing 3-0 defeat to Wigan, Brian McDermott's men have produced a remarkable turnaround since Christmas which has resulted in the side being just a point away from safety.

The skipper made no bones about an inescapably bad day at the office on Saturday - but, as the side tend to not get carried away when they win, the same applies to a defeat.

"Of course, it was a disappointing day all round for us. We'll look at things but make sure we move on to Everton very quickly. At this club we never get too carried away when things are going well - so we're not too down after one bad performance.

"It's very easy to go overboard after a bad day which Saturday was. We're remaining very positive - it's still very tight around there and our time to be judged is at the end of the season. The result isn't going to define our season or decide our fate. We've got eleven games to go and a lot of points to play for - we know the job we have to do.

"We'll back ourselves to get the points we need to stay up. We've got some good games to look forward to and we're just going to stick together as a group of players and as a club, remain positive and moving forward to get the positive results we need to."

"West Brom are a club that have shown that it can be done. Even at Christmas we weren't a million miles away - and now we've put ourselves in a really good, healthy position and we feel we're good enough to do the job."

Goodison Park is a place that resonates good memories with the Royals after defeating the Toffees in the 2010/11 FA Cup - and after beating Everton already this season, Jobi sees no reason why the Royals can't return from Merseyside with a positive result.

"We'll be looking forward to Saturday - obviously we managed to get a good result against them at home and they're having a little bit of a sticky patch so we'll be looking to get a positive result. We had a good win there in the cup a few years ago - so the place has good memories for us and we'll be be looking for more on Saturday.

"They're all good teams and that's something that people need to keep in perspective. You look through Everton's team and you see a team full of quality players - but we've beaten them already. It goes to show that in this league anyone can beat anyone. Norwich got the better of them on Saturday - they've had a little dip but we won't be taking anything for granted - it's a tough game as they all are."

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