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Ali aiming for success in the final ten

18 March 2016

Goalkeeper wants to enjoy end to the campaign

Reading goalie Ali Al-Habsi wants Reading to enjoy the final 10 matches of the season, and to go into the summer break in positive spirits.

The Royals slipped to consecutive defeats by finishing on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline in midweek – James Wilson slotted beyond the goalkeeper for Brighton on Tuesday evening for the game’s only goal.  But the Omani stopper is only looking forward to the coming weeks, which begins with a home tie against Cardiff.

“It was really disappointing how we lost the game in the cup and then in midweek against Brighton,” Ali said.  “But we need to put everything behind us and have a good weekend.

“We’re playing at home – the fans will be a big difference for us.  We need to get back to where we were; sometimes these things happen after a disappointment in the cup.  We were performing fantastically and then lost the game in the last five minutes – of course you’re going to be a bit down.

“But we don’t need to make a lot of excuses; the most important thing now is that we have a great two days here at the training ground and be focused for the game.  Cardiff is going to be a big challenge and a good test, and we are going to be ready for it.

“We need to be successful for the next ten games – it is really important for us to finish the league in a good way.  We need to enjoy it and whatever results we can get will be a bonus for us.  Cardiff is a massive game and everyone is working really hard after the disappointment of Brighton.  Our job is to make sure that we are ready for the big game.”

After Saturday’s game, the goalkeeper will travel to join up with his international teammates – Oman have had a strong showing so far in the World Cup qualifiers, but now face more tough challenges ahead.

“It will be very tough and very difficult – we have been playing many games, and we will travel to have two big games for me and Oman with the national team,” he continued. 

“It is a big thing to play with the national team and represent your country.  We will concentrate on Saturday, then we can enjoy the ten days with the national team – we play Guam at home and then we visit Iran; we need to win both of them.”

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