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Ali: “We want to get back to business”

19 January 2017

Goalkeeper ready for action again after a bit of a break…

This season, we’ve had plenty of spells where we’ve played three times in the space of eight days.  So it feels a little unusual when we get a stretch of eight days without a single game!

Our visit to Derby this Saturday takes place nine days after our last outing, which came against Queens Park Rangers last Thursday.  And goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi is keen to get back to action after recent respite.

“We have had a tough schedule in the past few weeks, and now we’ve had a good rest away from the games,” explained the Omani stopper.  “Now we want to get back to business and do our jobs right.  To make sure we stay in the top six, we know we really need to be focused for these kinds of games.

“We’re looking forward to it – it’s going to be a tough game, and everyone knows that.  It’ll be a good game for everyone – we didn’t get what we wanted out of the game against QPR, and we need to be stronger and more focused for this game against Derby.”

Derby are just outside the play-off places currently; defeats in consecutive league games have kept them below that dotted line in 7th.

But Ali knows that the Royals will be facing a side full of talent this weekend – he believes the team can rise to the challenge.

“We’ll face quality players and a quality team, and one that is hard to beat,” he continued.  “But we are confident and we need to show that we are a good team and that we can go there and get the points.

“It will be a good atmosphere, and as a team we have been doing well away from home recently so we hope we can get the points.

“Derby are a dangerous side with quality players, and they keep a lot of clean sheets – they don’t concede a lot of goals.  We’re looking forward to this kind of big games – we have to go there and enjoy it.  If we want to keep ourselves on a good run and in a good position, we have to win these kinds of games.”

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