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Federici: Stand up together

22 October 2014

Goalkeeper's rallying cry

Over 200 games and nine years of service were there for all to see on Tuesday evening as Adam Federici came out fighting following a tough evening at the Goldsands Stadium.

The Australian goalkeeper is not known for pulling any punches, and as he spoke to the press following a 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth - the 29-year-old was showcasing every drop of the determination that has made him such a hit at the club over the years.

"We're in a bad run. But young or old, experienced or not - we need to stand up together," said Adam. "We need strong characters to stand up and be counted for Saturday. Me personally? I never give up. We had a conversation ourselves as players and the manager spoke too. There is no hiding from it, the boys are devestated and things have got to improve."

Reading's number one has also called upon the team to draw inspiration from previous seasons at the club, when a slow start has ultimately ended in s memorable end to the campaign. His Championship medal will attest to that.

"If we go one goal behind it's not the end of the world, we should be able to come back from that. If we get through this as a unit we become stronger. If you can come out the other side on a positive note, that team is much stronger. At the minute we just have to concentrate on Saturday. We've got the experience in the side, it's good for the young players to experience the lows of this - there's a lot of heads down
and disappointed faces in that dressing room and so there should be but we have to pick ourselves up. We will keep the confidence up and keep team spirit going."

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