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"Destiny is in our hands"

3 April 2014

Squeaky bum time for Jobi!

Skipper Jobi McAnuff believes that the Royals' destiny is in their own hands, but admits it will be a nervous finish to the season for any side chasing a play-off place.

Reading face back to back away games with trips to Charlton and Bournemouth, after which just five games will remain of the 'regular' Championship season.

"It’s what they call squeaky bum time! Our destiny is in our hands, we’re very confident about the group and we’ve got belief in each other," said McAnuff.

"We’ve got a strong squad, the strongest squad we’ve had since I’ve been here. We’ve just got to take that on into the next seven games, everyone is pushing each other and everyone out on the pitch has to do their best to stay in the team. We back ourselves to win games wherever we’re playing. We just need to get the points we need to get in the play-offs, however they come and wherever they come."

Inspiration can certainly be drawn from the season the Academy are having, as they kept their FA Youth Cup dream alive with a semi-final draw with Fulham on Tuesday evening.

"It’s fantastic," Jobi admitted. "Since I’ve been here there has always been a theme of the youngsters coming through, it’s great to see them not only progressing but holding their own and performing very well. It’s important for the club moving forward and great for the youngsters in the Academy now to see the Obitas and Jake Taylors in and around the first team. It shows how far you can go at the club."

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