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31 March 2013

Jobi refuses to give up fight

Royals skipper Jobi McAnuff admitted his side were undone by a superb Arsenal outfit, but is refusing to give up our fight for survival in the Barclays Premier League.

"It was a tough day. We know their qualities. We're disappointed with our own performance. Sometimes you've got to hold your hands up - they were better than us.

"Especially here, once they get into that rhythm, it's very hard to disrupt them. They have fantastic movement - you try to press the ball and then they pop it round you with one touch. Once they get going, they're sometimes difficult to contain. We gave everything but Arsenal were the better team on the day.

"We can't dwell on it too much - we've got a massive game next week and we've got to make sure we recover from this. Come Monday we'll be looking to be positive for the week. We've got to move on as quickly as possible from this and make sure we're right come Saturday."

The Royals return to Berkshire with back-to-back home games at Madejski Stadium coming up - and though it may look like a mountain to climb, McAnuff firmly believes the games are left for us to take points from.

"We can't get carried away with anything - we know there's going to be a certain target we need to get to if we're going to stay up, and that's for us to do. We've got games left that we think are winnable between now and the end of the season.

"We know we're going to need a few wins to hit that target. We need to get the first one on the board as soon as possible - we feel we've got the games to do it. We still have to play the teams in and around us and it's important to not me too down. We'll have a look at the game and make sure we learn from the game and move forward.

"We've been through some rough times before, we've achieved a lot as a group of players and from our point of view, that spirit will keep us moving forward. We'll move forward together.

"We can't give up until the end of the season, it's as simple as that. We feel that the games are there for us to win and we have to go and do it. We can't just keep saying that - but there is a real belief in there that we can pick some points up."

The captain was also asked about new manager Nigel Adkins, and says his ideas and his positive nature will be very beneficial to the squad.

"Obviously, lots has been happening. It's a very positive appointment - he's come in and has really looked to take us forward quickly," Jobi added.

"It's important that in this short space of time we respond as positively as we can do. He helps on that front given his nature and I think that will definitely help us. He's been very good so far.

"I'm sure as time goes on he'll be able to implement more of his ideas but he's not going to come in and change a million things at once. He's got his own way of playing and things he wants to do. He's a really positive guy and I think it will bode well for us."

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