McShane previews Brighton’s visit on SaturdayReading captain Paul McShane has been happy to get back to the training ground and preparing for this weekend’s visit of Brighton & Hove Albion.
After the disappointment of falling to defeat from a winning position last weekend at Fulham, he hopes that the team can bounce back by becoming the first team to defeat the league leaders in the Championship this season.
“It’s good to get the cobwebs off in training, get amongst the lads and get working on the game ahead,” he said. “We know Brighton will be a tough game; it will be a big challenge they have had a great start to the season and are top of the league – so it’s sure to be another tough one.
“We are preparing as we always prepare in the week leading up to a game, but it’s a good game to have coming off the back of the Fulham match because we can really go from being down in the dumps after that result to a real high if we beat Brighton. We’re three points off second so if we win the game we know we will be up there again. So we’re aiming for three points on Saturday.
“We know we can mix it with anyone; we’ve had a good start to the season and played some really nice stuff as well as looking solid as a team. It’s going to be a big game on Saturday where two good teams are coming up against each other. It’s going to be an interesting game for the fans and hopefully we can come out of it with a positive result.
“We want to get back on the horse, and I think the way training has been going and the mentality of the players hopefully we can move on and pick up where we left off before the Rotherham and Fulham games. We want to get back on the winning streak and creep back up the league.”
Despite feeling a little down in the dumps after last week’s result at Craven Cottage, the Irishman has been keen to ensure that the isn’t a hangover effect going into this weekend.
“It just goes to show that we are in a tough league here, and the moment you take your eye off the ball you can get punished,” he explained. “We certainly got punished on Saturday so we need to learn our lessons from that game and move on.
“If you dwell on a result like that, it lingers and it’s difficult to get over. So we have to put it to bed, look forward to then next game and move on.
“As a player you’ve got to get over results like that quickly, because the games come thick and fast. You can afford to perhaps have a day or two of being upset but as soon as you next get into training you have to put it behind you and make sure you put things right, which is what we have been doing this week.”
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