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Mackie makes his Wembley dream a reality

16 March 2015

Forward dedicates goal to newborn daughter

Clutching his bottle of man of the match champagne, Jamie Mackie spoke to Reading FC Player after a magnificent 3-0 quarter-final win over Bradford City and dedicated his goal to his three-day-old daughter.

"That was for my little girl Rose - I'll keep footage of it on DVD on the computer and one day she can have a look...although she probably won't be bothered when she's 12 or 13!

"My wife has been amazing. I've had a lot of tough league games on my mind and this big one coming up - and she knows what I'm like, I'm crazy for my football and she' only been unbelievably supportive.

"She did an amazing thing in giving birth to our third child the other day and I've got a great family and a lot of support. And right now it feels fantastic.

"A trip to Wembley is going to be a great occasion for the football club," the scorer of our third goal beamed.

"The semi-final of the FA Cup is the last stepping stone to playing in one of the biggest games in world football in my opinion - the FA Cup final is massive!

"You grow up thinking about playing in an FA Cup Final, dreaming about scoring in an FA Cup Final. They are the sorts of things you talk about as kids. So it's unbelievable."

"We're playing a top, top side in Arsenal and were under no illusiions - we know it's going to be a tough, tough game. But we'll be going there to try to get into the final - that's the whole idea of playing in the cup, to get to the final.

"It's not about the semi-final, no-one's going to pat you on the back and remember you for that. We're trying to get to the final!"

And Mackie and his teammates took a huge stride to make history and reach the last four for only the second time in Reading Football Club history tonight.

"This football club...everything is here for this to be a Premier League football club capable of sustaining its position in the top league - and to be part of that going foward would be a great thing," he said.

"You could see that tonight, the infrastructure and the fans are there - they've come out tonight and made it a great atmosphere here at the Madejski.

"If we can give them a little bit more of a carrot in the league, and try and get them to come and support us and help us get promoted in the longer term beyond this season, then that's got to be the aim."

Mackie is in impeccable form. His sixth goal of the season followed important strikes at Ipswich, Bolton and a brace at home to Brighton last week and the Nottingham Forest loanee is enjoying life in blue and white hoops.

"I was doing well when I first came here but I picked up a hamstring injury, an injury I'd never had before and it was really frustrating.

"But I always work really hard on my rehab, I got back fit and the physios and the fitness coaches here are great and you come back flying with their help.

"I got my chance and I took it. A lot is made of being on loan and people sometimes think too much about their position in football and their future. All I think about is playing football.

"I don't think too much about who wants me or who likes me, I'm not bothered about all that. I just love playing football and I'm really, really enjoying my time here at Reading."

A semi-final awaits...

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