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Q&A with Mapps

11 February 2013

Defender on Stoke, Man United and Jamaica

Full transcript from Adrian Mariappa's post-match interview with Reading FC Player. Subscribers can click here to watch our chat with Mapps.

Mapps, a disappointing result especially as it looked like we could have had a penalty late on?

Yeah - from where I was it looked like a stonewall penalty. Sometimes these things don't go for you, but hopefully these things even themselves out over the season. We conceded two poor goals from our point of view so it's disappointing especially we felt we dealt with most of their aerial threats during the game.

As a central defender, how tough is it to play against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium in the Barclays Premier League?

You know what kind of game it's going to be - you know you're going to be under pressure and heading the ball away from some really big guys. In the first half I thought we really stood up to them well. They won a few headers in the second half but unfortunately that's what lead to their goal. They've got a game plan, they know what they're doing and unfortunately for us it worked. But we gave a good account of ourselves and there's definitely some positives going forward.

Despite the result, scoring your first goal for the Royals must be a nice milestone to tick off?

It's nice to score a goal, especially as a defender but if I'm being totally honest - I'd rather take a win and a clean sheet. But that's the way it goes sometimes.

You were at the heart of the Jamaica side that achieved a fantastic result away at Mexico - that must have been a honour to be part of.

It was a great privilege for me to be involved in that and make history for Jamaica. It's a great stadium, great place to go and it was a tremendous experience for me. I really enjoyed it and then I was champing and the bit to get back here and play and play club football.

It must have been nice for you to have club team mates Jobi McAnuff and Garath McCleary with you - what did they make of the experience?

Yeah it was great to have them out there too and fly out with them. They were tremendous and I'm sure they enjoyed the experience - both of them had really good games and I'm sure they'll be really looking forward to the next one.

A good time to be involved with the national side too at a time like this when Jamaica have strong World Cup aspirations?

This is as probably a good a chance as any for me personally to qualify. Our team is strong - we've got players that are playing top leagues all over Europe and America. If we can get a clean sheet at Mexico away then there's not too much to fear.

Now on to Dubai this week - it'll be great to go out for some warm weather training and a change of scenery?

For me it's another busy time with plenty of flights! We're all looking forward to get away, training hard, bond with the lads and enjoy some nice sunshine.

And you'll be training for Manchester United away in the FA Cup - it doesn't get bigger than that?

We're looking forward to that now - they don't get much easier than that. We'll go there and relish the opportunity - anything can happen and we'll be looking to cause an upset.

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