Winger raring to get back to actionIt has been a bit of a stop-start four weeks for Reading winger Garath McCleary – a three-match suspension, picked up for a red card against Barnsley, has been followed closely by a fortnight away from Championship action during the international break.
McCleary was given his marching orders at Oakwell after stepping in to help colleague Danny Williams – who had received badly-timed tackle and an earful from Tykes skipper Conor Hourihane – but now he just wants to concentrate on getting back to his blistering best in an October filled with fixtures… beginning with this Saturday’s visit to Queens Park Rangers.
“I know that the suspension was silly of me – at the time I was trying to protect my teammate,” admitted McCleary. “So I’m looking forward to getting back into it against a rival club like QPR and hopefully we can get three points.
“Looking back, I know that it was a bit too aggressive – but I’d expect a teammate to do the same for me, and to have my back in the same way as I did. Obviously I won’t do it again! The gaffer spoke to me and hopefully now I can put it behind me and get on with my football.”
McCleary has a couple of goals under his belt against Rangers during his time as a Royal – including a stunner at Madejski Stadium on live TV!
Naturally enough, he’d like to grow that tally even further… but so long as Reading leave Loftus Road with the spoils, he isn’t too fussed whose names are etched onto the scoresheet.
And he also recapped a useful period for the team away from competitive action, as they have continued their development as a squad both on and off the field.
“I’ve scored a few against QPR – and hopefully I can get another one here, or at least we can go out and get the win,” he continued.
“We all look forward to playing games – training has been good. We’ve been training hard and we had a great couple of weeks. Hopefully we can get three points from the game, which we need.
“We’ve worked in the gym, we’ve worked on the training ground positionally, and as a team we have had some good bonding sessions as well.
“It has been good to be here too – normally I travel to Jamaica which does take a bit out of you. For me it was good to be here and just preparing for the games coming up.”