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Mikkel thrilled to extend cup run

5 January 2015

Andersen pleased his clean sheet played a part

Goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen was delighted to come into the side on Saturday and keep his first clean sheet in a Royals shirt in sending the Royals into the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.

"I have come into the team, we keep a clean sheet and we defended really well throughout the game, but especially at the end when we had to," he said after the 1-0 win over Huddersfield.

"It was never going to be pretty, going away from home, all the way up to Huddesfield at the start of January. But we ground out a result with a great goal from Nick as well as a some nice combination play that led up to it. So it's an excellent result."

The big Dane replaced the rested Adam Federici between the sticks at the John Smith's Stadium and did well enough to suggest that he could be called upon once more for a Fourth Round tie which now lies in wait.

"I'm here to do a job and not to get carried away. Of course it would be nice for me to make save after save and show what I can do in a game like this, but I'm just here to do what I need to do, put in a solid performance. Hopefully that's what I did for the team.

"The win maybe opens up another cup game for me to be involved in, so I'm really pleased. I honestly haven't looked ahead of this Huddersfield game before now, so I don't mind who we get in the next round. It would be nice to play against a top four team or even a Premier League team, but we'll just have to see who we draw out of the hat.

"It'll just be a nice feeling to watch the draw, knowing we're in the hat. I think I was on loan when the club went on its cup runs a few years back, but you can tell from this win alone that a little cup run gives the team a boost.

"We're three games unbeaten now, we're looking solid at the back and dangerous up front. I'm really glad I helped out today really happy to progress."

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