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McShane: "Special feeling" to lead the team out for #Madejski500

Captain looks forward to historic match in RG2 on Saturday

21 December 2017

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Paul McShane says the players can feed off the atmosphere at Madejski Stadium as they play the 500th match in RG2.

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McShane took the armband with the Royals when he signed for the club back in 2015, and he tells of the pride he feels when he leads the team out at Madejski Stadium.

He said: "It's a special feeling every time I lead the team out, but hopefully there's a great atmosphere there on Saturday being the 500th game.

"It's something special for the fans, so hopefully they make some noise and I'm looking forward to it.

"The more people there, the better. I hear there's going to be more fans there on Saturday so hopefully we can give them something to shout about and hopefully we get the right result."

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With Burton hoping to escape the bottom three in the Championship, McShane says that makes them dangerous opponents with their desire to climb the table.

"Teams down the bottom are fighting for their lives, I know it's mid-way through the season but it's never nice to be down the bottom end of the table.

"It's going to be another tough game, Burton have been tough over the last year or so. It's always going to be tough, all the games are tough no matter where the teams are in the league.

"We're just looking to win the game like we always do at the Madejski, we need the points really. We're 14th at the minute and this Christmas period could make or break our season.

"We also want to stay away from the bottom quarter of the table as much as we can, and try and get up the league as quick as we can."

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McShane emphasised the importance of the festive period on the Royals' prospects this season, with the top six still the aim among the squad.

The captain added: "It's a really important period for us, it's about getting as many points as we can now. We've slipped up the last couple of games, we let Cardiff off the hook and it was a disappointing game against Ipswich.

"That's the way it's gone and we just have to look forward, there are a lot more points to play for now in the second half of the season.

"We've just got to forget what's happened and really go for it. That's all you can do, and in my mind the play-offs aren't out of sight. But, at the same time it could go either way, you could either make a push for the play-offs or just slide down the league.

"We certainly don't want to do that, it's all about the next game and three points so we'll take one game at a time and the next one's Burton so we're looking for a win."

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