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Federici: "I want to enjoy the day"

15 April 2015

Australian believes the pressure is on Arsenal

Adam Federici is aiming to soak up the Wembley experience on Saturday afternoon, in contrast to his last ill-fated trip under the arch.

The Australian international was part of Brian McDermott’s side who fell to a heart breaking 4-2 defeat to Swansea City in the 2011 Sky Bet Championship final, but believes the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal will be a little different.

“We went there before, obviously it’s one that I don’t want to remember too much,” said Reading’s number one.

“Hopefully we can put that right and give it a good go Saturday. You never know what could happen. For myself I think this time I’m going to enjoy it a little bit more. Last time it was a lot of pressure and I probably didn’t enjoy the day that much. This time I think all the pressure is on Arsenal, we can go out, enjoy the day and play good football. Everyone knows we’re the underdogs so we have nothing to lose and we look forward to that. We know we have a chance, even if it’s small.”

The 30-year-old is set to make his 242nd Reading appearance at the weekend, and revealed that the FA Cup will always be close to his heart.

“It is special. It’s how I started my career so I’ve got a special place for it in my heart. I love the FA Cup, any road to Wembley is a great competition. It’s great for Reading fans too, our first time in the semis for 88 years. I hope they enjoy the day as well and we can put on a show for them as well.”

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