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Confident and ready

8 March 2013

McAnuff eyes Villa victory

With ten games left to go in this Barclays Premier League campaign, captain Jobi McAnuff says the Royals are ready for the challenge - starting with Aston Villa on Saturday.

McAnuff is very positive about our run in, with every game as important as the next - and says the mindset with not change ahead of the Villa clash.

Speaking in his pre-Villa press conference, Jobi said: "From our point of view, they're all important games. We've got ten left this year and obviously we need to get as many points as we can.

"The next game is the most important one and it happens to be against Villa on Saturday. We'll be going into like every other game. We'll be ready and looking to get the right result.

"We always knew that after getting promoted it would be difficult in this league but that's the challenge we face. If you ask any team that has achieved something they'll say it's harder to go and repeat that success. For us it's about staying up, and we're very confident about doing that."

Though the Royals are still in touching distance from safety, Jobi is conscious that the side have not yet clinched victory against their relegation rivals - but says now is the time to put that right.

"It's something we're aware of and something that we'll try and put right. We've got a chance to do that on Saturday. We've got a lot of experience with boys that have been around the place and know what's required.

"They're obviously in and around us in the table - people will look at it and place extra significance on this game. But there's only three points to be won and that's all we can do - go out and try and get a win. We've got great spirit in the camp and we're very positive about the next ten games."

Jobi also praised the professionalism of goalkeeper Stuart Taylor - who will again wear the gloves tomorrow afternoon.

"He's been working very hard - he's a real character around the group and in the changing room," McAnuff added. "He's been waiting for an opportunity. Despite the result at Everton he had a very good game and that shows what a true professional he is, and everyone has 100% faith in him.

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