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McCarthy on bouncing back

12 February 2014

Alex on QPR clash

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy says the Royals will be champing at the bit to face Queens Park Rangers away from home this Sunday.

The shot-stopper was disappointed on a team and personal level after Sheffield Wednesday scored twice to beat the Royals last weekend, but felt that the absence of Alex Pearce for over 80 minutes was harsh on the side.

"I did think Kaspars was coming across, I thought it was harsh for it to be a red card," he said. "I don't think Pearcey made a lot of contact with him but the ref's chosen to send him off.

"It was just one of those games where they seemed to get all the decisions and we didn't really get much but sometimes that's how it goes. We dominated the first half, we created a lot of chances and were just unlucky not to take them."

"Obviously I'm disappointed with the goal - he said to me it was offside but we didn't get it and that's the way it goes. That's the joy of being a goalkeeper - you make ten saves and then make one bad decision and it costs you."

The next opportunity for the Royals to return to form comes this Sunday when they travel to promotion rivals QPR for a 3.30pm kick off, and McCarthy says the side are relishing the game.

"Hopefully we'll bounce back next week at QPR," he added.

"It was a good game when they came here, it's on TV and everyone is going to be up for it. We're all looking forward to it."

Watch highlights from the reverse fixture back in November, as a stunning goal from Garath McCleary was cancelled out by a Joey Barton free kick.

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