McShane previews Baggies cup clash on home soil
“I’m looking forward to the game – it’s another game in the cup and it’s an opportunity to get into the next round,” said Royals club captain Paul McShane ahead of this weekend’s home meeting with West Bromwich Albion.
“I’ve always said that if you have a decent cup run, it always creates a good atmosphere around the place. Hopefully we can keep on the march and get into the next round.”
The Royals’ skipper’s first FA Cup run of note actually came as a West Brom player – during the 2006/07 season, he netted the opener in the 3-1 third-round win against Leeds, before helping the Baggies to a Black Country derby win at Molineux in round four – Wolves were vanquished 3-0. Finally their run came to an end at the hands of Middlesbrough, who secured passage on penalties after two sets of 90 minutes and a period of extra-time couldn’t separate the teams.
“We went on a little run with West Brom – we ended up getting beat by Middlesbrough on penalties in the end,” explained McShane. “I was only at West Brom for a season but it was a great year and I really enjoyed it.
“We got beat in the play-off final which was unfortunate, but it was a great club with some great fans and some great people at the club – I don’t know if they’re all still there as it was a long time ago now. But I know they are a decent side and they are solid. They have been a good Premier League side for a years and they are a solid outfit.”
With a bumper crowd due for the fixture, McShane hopes that the Royals can book their place in the last eight on Saturday and build on such a result for the remaining months of the campaign.
He continued: “Hopefully it’ll be a good atmosphere. I think the fans have got behind us – in the last game [against Burnley] especially. There was a bit of bite in the game and I think they sensed that. They can create a great atmosphere in the Madejski so hopefully it’s set up to be another good atmosphere on Saturday.
“The cup has been good for us – the games against Huddersfield and Walsall were good, especially the replay where we came back from a tricky start. We came back in that game and we won, and then against Walsall it was a good performance.
“We want to bring our performances in from the past few league games into the game on Saturday – and who knows? I know they are a Premier League team, but we’re there to win the game and go through to the next round. We’ll see what happens.
“You want to be in that draw and waiting to see who you’ll be playing in the next round. We’re going in to the game to win, there’s no doubt about it. We want to get as far as we can – I’ve been in a team that got to the final with Hull and it created a great atmosphere around the place and it certainly helped our season as well.
“We want to keep going and get through to the next round this Saturday, and then crack on in the league and try to climb up the table as much as we can.”