Skipper previews visit to HullRoyals captain Paul McShane insists it will be ‘strictly business’ for him when he revisits his former stomping ground at Hull on Wednesday night.
The Irishman joined the Tigers on a permanent basis back in the summer 2009, after having spent time on loan there in the previous season – he finally departed last summer to join the Royals. But his sole focus this week is on helping Reading to secure the right result at the KC Stadium.
“I was there for six and a half years, so I know a lot of people up there,” he explained. “I’m very familiar to the surroundings and had a good relationship with the fans, so I’m looking forward to the game.
“I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, but we’re there for one reason – that’s to try to win the game. Hopefully we can do that.
“They have got a few new players, but I know pretty much all of them. They’re a good group of players and I enjoyed playing with them, and they are a good set of lads. It will be good to see them, but it’s going to be strictly business.
“Hull have more in the tank and they’re right up there – they are a good team and they will definitely be right up there in the mix, if not in the top two. Hopefully we can join them up there soon.”
Reading have registered defeats in each of the last three games – but McShane feels that the team will soon tap into the potential that saw them clock six wins in seven outings earlier in the campaign.
For the Royals skipper, it is all about keeping the chin up when the chips are down and working hard to hit another vein of form.
“It’s another difficult game for us; we’re having a bad time at the minute, but we’ve got to keep going and going and keep looking for that win,” explained McShane. “We still have all the players here from when we went on that great run at the start, so there’s no reason why we can’t go on another big run like that.
“I’m still confident that we can turn it around and I’m still positive that we can have a right crack at it this season. Hopefully we can get the wins up and running again and climb right up that table as soon as possible.”