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Ferdinand pleased with clean sheets

19 August 2015

Defender hopeful of more shut-outs

Ahead of a midweek trip to Sheffield Wednesday, Anton Ferdinand is hopeful that the Royals can continue their solid defensive performance when they travel to South Yorkshire.

Reading have recorded successive clean sheets in each of the last two matches – against Colchester on Tuesday and Leeds on Sunday – with Ferdinand starting at the back in both games.

“We defended well as a unit against Leeds, our shape was fantastic for all to see,” said Ferdinand.  “It would be great to get a result at Hillsborough now.  It’s brilliant to play at home in front of your fans, but as a defender I really enjoy when we can go away from home and dig out a result.”

The centre-back has fond memories of playing at Hillsborough, and is confident that the Royals can get amongst the goals on Wednesday evening, despite being unable to register against Leeds.

“I’ve played up there once before, for England Under-21s where we won, so hopefully I can channel those good memories into a Reading shirt and we can go up there and get three points,” continued the Royals defender.

“Our fans were unbelievable on Saturday and I urge every one of those fans that were there to come again and keep getting behind us, because this team is only going to get better.

“With the quality we have in our team, as long as we keep clean sheets we are always in with a chance of winning and we showed that on Saturday.  Goals will come – it’s not that we haven’t created anything at all.  From what I see day-in day-out on the training pitch, I know that the chances for likes of Orlando Sa, Nick Blackman, Hal Robson-Kanu and the other strikers will come.”

After a tough start to his Reading career, the 30-year-old is enjoying being back in action again and relishing chance of turning out in the famous blue and white hoops.

Injury consigned the centre-half to just two appearances last season – and while it is still early doors in the current campaign, he is hopeful that he can continue to get more and more minutes into his legs.
 
“I feel blessed to be out there on the pitch, it’s been a difficult couple of years and I haven’t played a lot of football,” explained Anton.  “This summer helped me a great deal, coming back and training with the lads has been brilliant and I’m reaping the benefits right now.

“To be out there is just fantastic and to put on a Reading shirt after all this time out makes me really appreciate playing.  Every time I go out I want to show the Reading fans and the people that brought me in why I should be here.”

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