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Danny: “You play football for these special moments”

11 March 2016

Midfielder wants a win and a Wembley trip for fans

Royals’ midfielder Danny Williams is looking forward to a special occasion this evening at Madejski Stadium when Reading face Crystal Palace in the quarter final of the FA Cup.

The United States international wants to get back to Wembley again and feels tonight’s clash with the Eagles is an opportunity to give something back to the fans.

“This is why you want to play football – it’s for these occasions and special moments.  They don’t come very often; we have the chance to go to Wembley again,” said Williams.

“Everyone who played in that semi-final last year against Arsenal knows how it feels; it’s definitely the highlight of some players’ careers.  We should be aiming for that and to give the club and the fans something back.”

The 27-year-old says that despite Palace’s quality, the team are not afraid of the threat the visitors pose.

Williams thinks that if Reading can hit the same kind of levels they found against West Brom in the fifth round victory, then they will have a good opportunity to reach Wembley for a second year running. 

“The FA Cup is a different kind of atmosphere,” explained Williams.  “You can always raise your game – it’s a one-off game where the smallest mistakes can be punished, and especially against a Premier League team as they have so much quality like this Crystal Palace side does.

“But I think we have a good chance, especially because we’re playing at home.  We’ve already beaten a Premier League team this season so we’re confident enough that we can win this game.  We’re also unbeaten at home in 2016, so we’re not afraid.

“The fans haven’t had it easy this season, especially after our great start, we want to give something back to them. It will be a good game, especially as it’s on BBC. 

“Everybody is excited and we have to focus now, get some rest and sleep right so that we’re fit and ready and we’ll go from there. Everybody has to be 100 per cent right mentally and physically, and then we’ll see.” 

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