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Taylor: Great to be back

5 March 2013

"We can climb the table"

Stuart was speaking to Reading FC Player pitchside at Goodison Park - click here to watch the interview during our FREE trial of Player.

Goalkeeper Stuart Taylor was delighted to make his return to Barclays Premier League action last weekend, although the it wasn't the desired result for the Royals.

The experience shot-stopper has spent the majority of his career in the top flight - and following an injury to Adam Federici, Taylor stepped in for Feds and pulled off a number of solid saves.

There was nothing he could do about all three goals on Merseyside as the Royals were somewhat unfortunate with the way the game panned out last Saturday - but Taylor took the positives on a team and personal level.

"It's always disappointing when you've coming off having lost 3-1 but personally I'm happy to have played my first game in five or six years and done okay," Taylor told Reading FC Player.

"I've been in and around teams but not really had the chance to play. Feds has been unlucky and picked up an injury but it's obviously given me a chance to get a game.

"We were really solid in the first half - I thought we defended really well and looked tight. There are a lot of positives we can take from it. If we can play like we did in the first half at Everton then we can end up doing well and getting some points."

And with ten games to go, Stuart strongly believes that we can edge out of the relegation zone - and says he'd be thrilled to play a part in the Royals survival bid should he get the nod.

"It's still really tight down there - it's only a couple of points here and there and you can climb up the table. It's not as if we're a million miles away so no one will be getting down about it - all the lads are really looking forward to the next game.

"You've just got to play it by ear. I'll prepare like I'm going to play then if not then that's the manager's decision. Especially after waiting a long time, it would be nice to get a couple more games."

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