McShane on a good season so far…No doubt about it – it’s been a good season. So far.
On 7th May 2016, the Royals were defeated in Blackburn and finished 17th in the table. A year on to the day, our win in Burton ensured that we would continue our campaign with a play-off push by sealing the 3rd spot in the table.
Royals skipper Paul McShane was a proud man after the completion of the 46th league fixture – but he knows there’s only one good way to finish the play-offs…
“It’s a great achievement from everyone,” said our skipper. “Everyone has worked hard, week in week out. I think we deserve to be third.
“But now the season goes on for another three games. We’ve got to keep our focus for another three games and finish the job off now.
“I remember that game against Blackburn at the end of last season well. It was a hard day and it summed up our season. We were all going away on our holidays, and I felt as we didn’t deserve any. This time around there is a better feeling about the place.
“We’re third in the league so of course there’s going to be a good feeling around. It’s chalk and cheese.
“It’s a credit to all the hard work we’ve put in, from the first-day of pre-season until now. We’ve got to keep it going now for the next three weeks.
“That’s what it has been – hard work. It’s people wanting to learn and buying into the gaffer’s philosophy, and it’s worked brilliantly. It’s a joy to play in. As the season has gone on, we’ve got better and better.”
There was no let-up at the Pirelli Stadium. Even with nothing major riding on the game, it was still a well-contested affair and the Royals ultimately took the 4-2 win.
That ensures the Royals head into the play-off semis against Fulham on the back of a pair of victories.
“We got the job done against Burton,” he continued. “It was disappointing to concede the two goals, but it was a professional job. We didn’t come go there to down tools and relax, and to have a day off. We’ve come here and done what we needed to do and stuck to our usual game-plan – and it worked.
“We wanted to win the game – the desire was there to win in the dressing room before the game. We don’t want a day off – we want to win as many games as we can. As a professional footballer, that’s what you’re in the game to do.
“At Burton it was no different. I know that there was sort of nothing to play for but there’s always something at stake – that’s your bit of pride and will to win, and we showed that today and got the job done.”