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10 May 2013

Stoppers keep shining

Alex McCarthy had a perfect view of the Royals win over Fulham last weekend – and the in-form stopper was impressed with what he saw.

The Academy graduate has hailed the methods put in place by Nigel Adkins in recent weeks, and believes they should have no fear about taking on last year’s Champions Manchester City next week.

"You can see by the way we are playing now - the style the new manager has brought in gives the fans more enjoyment from their perspective,” said Alex.

“The way we're playing and the style we're playing gives us more opportunities all over the pitch and I think on Saturday the result reflected the way we played. I thought we were top drawer and fully deserved the three points. Obviously it's nice to keep a clean sheet and to get a point in the last couple of games was great but to get three points is a massive feeling - it gives us great confidence going into the next game.They're the games you want to be involved in and playing in. They are massive games, and City have great players. With the way we played on Saturday and the confidence we can take from it, I think it will be a massive game for us on Tuesday and I think we'll do well.”
As a former goalkeeper himself, manager Nigel Adkins is very well versed to judge the Royals' crop of stoppers, and he has been very impressed with our glovesmen.

The boss has affirmed since day one that he believes the goalkeeper is the most important player on the pitch, and he said, "We think we've got several good goalkeepers at Reading. If you want to be successful you have to have a good one.

"We're pleased with Alex's form, and the more he plays the more he can see the picture with the ball and improve even more.

"Adam Federici was in goal last season in the Championship, we've got Stuart Taylor and Mikkel Andersen, other good youngsters in the system as well - all under an excellent goalkeeping coach in Sal Bibbo."

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