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Quinn: “One of the greatest competitions in the world”

8 January 2016

Midfielder looks ahead to Huddersfield cup tie

Royals midfielder Stephen Quinn cannot wait to begin this year’s FA Cup campaign, as Reading visit the John Smith's Stadium to take on the Terriers in the FA Cup third round on Saturday (9th January, 3pm).
We'll be hoping to mount another exciting FA Cup campaign after reaching the semi-finals last year, where we took Arsenal to extra-time.  Similarly, Quinn himself was in touching distance of tasting success in 2014, reaching the final with Hull City and only narrowly missing out, like Reading, in extra-time to Arsenal.

“It’s one of the greatest competitions in the world,” he said, reminiscing about his childhood memories.  “You watch it on the TV growing up and you can see non-League teams beating League teams, and lower-league teams beating Premier League teams.  It’s just so magical.

“My brother’s such a massive Everton fan that he had posters all over his wall of Paul Rideout.  He scored the winner in the FA Cup final and that was my first memories of it because my brother was so passionate about it. I’ve wanted a taste of it since back then.

“I’ve had a good history with it myself so it’s always nice to go on a cup run so I’m looking forward to the game on Saturday.”

Looking back to his FA Cup final experience with Hull City, the midfielder played a huge role in both of Hull’s goals.  The Tigers found themselves two goals up in less than ten minutes, but Arsenal managed to score twice to take the game to extra time.  In dramatic fashion, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey scored the late winning goal for the Gunners to lift the trophy.

He explained: “It was so close on the day; we were in touching distance of it.  It was a great day.  I thought if the referee blew up at half time it would have been brilliant to lift the cup. 

“I’d love to have a taste of it again so hopefully we can start by beating Huddersfield on Saturday.”

His experiences with the Tigers paralleled Reading’s campaign last year, where the Royals held Arsenal to extra-time in a tense semi-final at Wembley.  Arsenal’s star player Alexis Sanchez put the Gunners ahead, until Royals winger Garath McCleary equalised in the second half.  Once again, it was Sanchez who made the difference with a late goal to win the game in extra time.

He said: “I watched the cup run.  Reading were so close and it was against Arsenal as well which is ironic.  It’s the belief that if you go out there, you can put it up to these Premier League teams, you can go on a good cup run.”

Now he is back fit and firing after a spell on the sidelines, and looking ahead Reading’s cup fixture, he added: “It’s going to be a tough game against Huddersfield on Saturday; they’re a good side, they’re in the same league and we need to go into it and approach the game with a good mentality.  It’s an important one for ourselves after beating Bristol City last week; we want to keep the winning run going.

“I feel good.  I’m just glad to be back even when I was playing left-back or left-wing; it was just awesome to be back out onto the field now.  Obviously Andrew Taylor was back last week so I got a taste of being back in my own position on Saturday which was really good.  Hopefully I can just build on the performance against Bristol and keep my name on the team sheet.

“If we can get another win Saturday and build on it, then we will grow in confidence for the game on Tuesday.”

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