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Bittersweet debut for Mikkel

22 September 2014

Andersen on personal 'relief'

Mikkel Andersen says it meant a great deal to him to make his long-awaited debut after being at the Club for seven years, despite Saturday's harsh defeat at Hillsborough.

A hugely deflected free-kick denied goalkeeper Andersen and the side a well deserved clean sheet against Sheffield Wednesday, but Mikkel was still positive after the game.

"It was one of those days," he told Reading FC Player. "We were really disappointed after the game, but I was really happy to make my debut.

"It's a very big thing for me. When the ref blew the whistle for the first time, it was almost like relief for me.

"I enjoyed it, despite the result because we felt we deserved a clean sheet. We could have won the game, but their goalkeeper made some good saves and goals change games. We'll have to look forward to the next one and put a few in."

A potentially minor injury to Adam Federici handed Andersen his first appearance, and the 25-year-old says the Australian and the rest of the squad were very supportive.

"The lads have been great - it's an easy team to come into because everyone is there for each other," the Danish shot-stopper added.

"Fedders was great with me in the changing room, I felt the support. He was buzzing for me, because he's been here ever since I came to the club. He knows what I've been going through trying to get games and experience. Sal (Bibbo) has been great too - we work really hard every day so I'm really happy to have made my debut.

"I want to keep playing and keep pushing Feds. He's done great this season but I want to keep pushing him and stay around the team."

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