Captain on play-off clash meeting with FulhamWhat’s gone before bears no relevance – we head into the play-offs on an even keel and three hours of football will decide whether it’s us or Fulham heading to Wembley.
Our skipper Paul McShane suffered the heartache of a loss in the final a decade ago in a Baggies shirt, losing out to Midlands rivals Derby. 10 years on, he has the hunger to get back to Wembley and create a bit of history with the Royals.
“I’ve played in the play-offs with West Brom – we lost that one in the final,” he explained. “But if there’s a way you want to get promoted, it’s through the play-offs because you get a special day at Wembley. And if you go on to win that it’s one to remember.
“I want to keep making as many memories as I can in my career and this is a great opportunity to get back to where everyone wants to be – the Premier League.
“It’s going to be tough. But every game is tough. We haven’t had an easy game this season, so it’s going to be no different.
“I know we’ve had a bit of history with Fulham, but it’s a clean slate now going into the play-offs.
“It’ll be good – I’m looking forward to it. It’s a bit of a local derby and I’m sure the atmosphere will be brilliant next weekend. We just want to focus on that job now and hopefully get it done.”
The skipper is making a timely return to the team – he played the first half against Burton on the final day of the regular season – and came through in good nick.
“I played the 45 minutes, which was always the plan,” he continued. “I felt good – I’ve been feeling good in training and it has been positive to get through the half. I got the 45 minutes under my belt and that’s what I needed.
“It wasn’t like it was an easy game and a walk in the park – they tested us. Hopefully that will put me in good stead going into next weekend.
“I give everything in the games that I do play and I live on the edge and force my body to the limits, so I will pick up these kinds of injuries occasionally. But I’m ready to play now and I’m pleased to get to 45 minutes – so let’s crack on.”
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