Feds: Fans have been unbelievableRoyals goalkeeper Adam Federici says that the unbelievable support of the Reading fans has helped him to get through one of the toughest moments of his career.
The stopper was given a huge ovation prior to last night’s game with Birmingham City, with a large number of fans also bringing Australia flags to the game.
The Royals faithful sung the name of their number one throughout the evening and he says that their backing has helped him to move on from Saturday’s FA Cup Semi-Final with Arsenal.
Speaking in the mixed zone, the 30-year-old said: “Last night was probably the toughest warm up I’ve had for a while and I’ve got to say a massive thank you to everyone one of the Reading supporters. They’ve been unbelievable.
“Their messages have been amazing and it makes you remember how much of a special place this club is, and how much it means to me.
“Everyone knows that I give my all in every single game that I play and that I have given pretty much my life to this club for the last 10 years. It was amazing to come out, especially the way I was feeling, to that support last night.
“I was pretty exhausted because I hadn’t slept much. That was the biggest mental thing. There was nothing for me to change in my game. It was a small deflection that did me on Saturday and there was no need for me to change anything.
“That’s what I tried to concentrate on during the warm up and during the game; not changing the way I played. I came for what I came for and I tried to make sure that everything was spot on, like it has been for most of the season. I tried to be as relaxed as possible but it was a tough one.”
“It was a night kick-off so we were sitting in the hotel for a long time and every possible scenario was running through my head, of course. It was great to get out there and put it to bed. Now, hopefully, I can move on and stop seeing my name everywhere.”
Federici left the Wembley pitch on Saturday in tears but he says that the messages of support from his team-mates have been similarly overwhelming.
He said: “After the game on Saturday, I was gone. I didn’t have a chance to speak to the lads but I did the next day and said what I had to say to them.
“Their replies were incredible and they’ve been right behind me. It was a tough warm up last night but we’ve got a great group in the dressing room. There were so many kind words from all of the lads and when it’s you in that moment it doesn’t seem to sink it at all.
“I look back over the season and I’ve barely put a foot wrong and to do that in a big moment was shattering for me, as everyone could see.
“I couldn’t understand it, I still can’t but I’ll try to move on and hopefully stop seeing it everywhere, though I doubt that.
“The performance we put in at Wembley, as I said on Twitter, we deserved to take that game to penalties. It’s a roll of the dice then and then you just never know. We showed how much quality we’ve got in this team on Saturday.”