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Ready for the big stage

31 October 2013

Looking to Hillsborough

Jobi McAnuff and Nick Blackman are both relishing the occasion of visiting Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.

The Royals last visited the ground in December 2009, when McAnuff played 90 minutes in a 2-0 victory - with goals from Grzegorz Rasiak and Khalifa Cisse.

Blackman meanwhile will be visiting the ground for the first time, despite having spent time in the city in a fruitful spell with rivals Sheffield United.

Jobi McAnuff 

"It's a great place to go, a traditional old stadium and one we're looking forward to now. We've got to make sure we're back and straight at it. we didn't quite do enough at Millwall so we want to respond well."

Nick Blackman

"I know the fans are really passionate about the derby. There are two massive clubs up there, when I was at Sheffield United they were getting crowds of 20,000 and that was in League One. I've driven past Hillsborough a few times on the way to training but never played there! Wednesday have not had the best run of results recently, but I think any team can beat anyone in the Championship. Their stadium is massive, they get massive crowds - probably one of the highest in the league even with them down at the bottom. The boys will embrace it, it's a big stage and everyone wants to play at those big intimidating grounds."

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