Stopper highlights importance of electric atmosphereAdam Federici says the cauldron of noise created by Reading fans prior to kick-off against Bradford on Monday had an enormous impact on the Royals’ start to the match.
Goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Garath McCleary saw Reading race into a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes of the FA Cup Quarter-Final replay before Jamie Mackie made it three after the break.
And the stopper revealed that Monday’s pre-game atmosphere was the best that he had heard in Berkshire for some time.
“The noise before kick-off was huge,” said the Australian. “It was the best I have heard it for a long time and our start was down to the fans. We thank them for that and look forward to seeing them in the coming games and at Wembley.
"We wanted to start fast and the crowd was the best that I have heard it in many years. It was a fantastic atmosphere to go out to, and the fast start owed something to that. Great credit must go to the supporters.
“We wanted to concentrate on how we started the game and we did extremely well, and got two early goals. It was a big win for us, with the way that the season has gone. We started so well and carried that on through the game.
"The whole team played extremely well. We came at Bradford early; burst out of the blocks and that’s something we haven’t done too much this season. We showed our quality, got at them and deservedly got our semi-final spot.”