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Jobi: One of those days

8 February 2014

Skipper keen to bounce back at QPR

Royals skipper Jobi McAnuff was not going to dwell on a penalty decision and a red card that turned the game against Sheffield Wednesday on its head, instead keen to look to a massive away game at QPR next Sunday.

"Of course the sending off was a pivotal decision, but we're not going to stand here and make excuses," he said after the 2-0 defeat to the Owls.

"But we had a couple of chances early on that, on another day, if we'd stuck away, the result would have been different. 

"But it was one of those days today, everything that could have gone against us, did. You get those days in football, but even after the red card we dug in and we looked good.

"In the second half they just sat in and looked to soak it up - and the second goal was a killer blow.

"So as always we'll look at ourselves first and foremost. We'll have a proper look back at the match and get ready for QPR."

Nigel Adkins' men earned a 1-1 draw with Rangers when Harry Redknapp's side visited Madejski Stadium earlier this season, and the Royals will look to perform well in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Loftus Road and bounce straight back from defeat.

"It's a great game for us, particularly off the back of today," he said. 

"It's one for us to look forward to. We'll see what there is to pick out of this one first, and we'll make sure we're ready for QPR."

Preparations this week could of course be hindered by the abysmal weather the south of England has been subject to in recent weeks, but Jobi was happy to take it all in his stride.

"It seems Reading was built on a swamp, having driven around here in the last few days, it's been tought to get form A to B!

"The wind is probably the worst thing for is - we'll take a bit of rain, but the wind makes it difficult. It's pretty open down at Hogwood and we had a pretty interesting training session on Wednesday - balls were going everywhere.

"But the groundsmen have done a great job - the training ground has been excellent and they've kept the pitch here in good nick for us too."

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