'Keeper impressesIt came as absolutely no surprise to Reading fans that Adam Federici put in a very good performance away to Brighton on Saturday.
Making his 196th appearance for the club, our longest-serving player made a number of good saves and was only beaten by a cruel deflection for Brighton's winner.
It was testament to his professionalism, dedication and ability that he put in such a good display, and he drew praise from all quarters after the match.
Speaking to the press after the game, the 28-year-old said, "I love playing here, I had a smile on my face and love wearing the Reading colours. I really enjoyed it, I just loved playing.
"It's been hard of course for the last six months. Everyone loves playing but it's a pretty hard team to get into, there's not much I can do other than keep working hard! It's not easy as a sportsman but I think I've done it really well, keep myself in really good shape and am ready to play."
Federici is of course keen to take his chance on the pitch, with a World Cup this coming summer, as he aims to fully cement a national place vacated by the retired Mark Schwarzer.
Both Adam and Alex McCarthy have ambitions of Brazil, and Feds reiterated that there is a bond among our 'keepers, "Alex and I have been here for a long time, we're quite close, we've good a bunch of good keepers and Sal is a good goalkeeping coach.
"We have a good group, you always support the one who's playing because it's not about me, it's about the team who goes out there. I want them to win, I'll do my best and whatever I have to do to play my part in that. I work with Alex every day and he's a terrific goalkeeper. I'm sure there will be opportunities for him in the future and he just needs to keep working hard.
"For me, I've just got to keep working hard, that's all I've got to do, and if an opportunity comes up, play like I did [on Saturday].
"The result was obviously disappointing though. We had some good chances, unfortunately we didn't take them so it was another defeat. Brighton were a good side and need credit, they were the better side. For a few people it's nice to get 90 minutes, in horrible conditions, second half we played well and maybe could have got something from the game.
"The way we've been performing in the second half of games, we just need a full performance out of the boys and we'll starting winning games. We've noticed it ourselves, we've been playing better in second halves."
Manager Nigel Adkins was also keen to praise Feds' display, saying, "We've got excellent goalkeepers. Saturday was an ideal opportunity for Adam to play and keep him going. He's good with his feet and he made a couple of those saves that he pulls off regularly."