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Skipper anticipating tough Trotters test

19 November 2015

McShane previews weekend fixture

Royals captain Paul McShane knows that Reading will, as always, need to be at their best if they are to secure the three points when Bolton Wanderers visit Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

The Trotters have just one win to their name in all competitions so far this season, and only Rotherham lie below them in the Sky Bet Championship table.  But he is calling for the team to get back to winning ways by playing to their maximum on Saturday.

“The games are tough in this league – I think people expected us to roll over Huddersfield with no problems, but we weren’t at our best,” he explained.  “We gave away bad goals and gave them a bit of a head-start in the game – we can’t be doing that against any team in the league, otherwise we’ll drop points.

“So we have to be ready for Bolton on Saturday.  It is another tough game, but we’re at home and we expect to win every game at home.  Most of the lads will be back from international duty and training together on Wednesday for Saturday’s game.”

Whether McShane is ready to play remains to be seen – he missed the visit to Cardiff with an injury, and then had to sit out the Republic of Ireland’s two legs against Bosnia-Herzegovina as they booked their spot at Euro 2016.

His target is to get back fit at the earliest opportunity, contribute to a successful season with Reading, and hope that that paves the way to a call-up to the national team next summer.

“I was delighted – but I was a bit gutted as well to be watching it on the telly,” he explained.  “I picked up a groin injury just before the international break, which was really bad timing, and I was desperate to get there.  But it wouldn’t have been right for the games so I had to pull out of the squad.

“But I’m delighted for the lads and they deserved it.  They were brilliant over the two legs and I’m delighted that we’re going to France.  I’ve just to get myself in the squad now.

“There are a lot of home nations in the tournament and it’s going to be a very interesting watch for people.  But I want to be part of it and I want to be on the plane going to France.  It’s a long way away, so I’ve got to keep my head down, train and play as well for Reading as I can and hopefully I can be included in the squad.”

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