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"It's a tough task, we've got to be ready!" - McShane

Skipper previews Forest test

10 August 2018

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Paul McShane says he and the Royals want to put last week's late defeat against Derby County behind them, with a positive result at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

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Man in the middle: Forest (A)

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The Royals' captain wants to take the positive elements from the performance last time out to The City Ground this weekend, while bringing three points home as well.

Speaking to iFollow ahead of the game, McShane said: "We can look forward to the tasks ahead, the next one is Forest away and our focus is totally on that.

"They've invested a lot of money into their squad, I saw them play against West Brom the other night and they looked good.

"They played with a good intensity, they had some good players but it's the usual thing for us really - it's a tough task, so we've got to be ready for it.

"We've got to be looking to go there for a win."

Having dominated the opening hour against the Rams in their opening fixture, McShane says the squad hope to use the late loss as an incentive to put it right going into this weekend.

"It was a decent performance, it was disappointing not to come away with anything - especially with the way we conceded in the last five seconds. It was a real sickener.

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"Hopefully we can take a bit of motivation from that and look to get our first win under our belts. Then hopefully that'll give us a little bit of momentum and we can take that through the season."

On a personal level for McShane, his next appearance will be his 100th in the blue and white hoops.

Could he describe his time as a Royal so far, in a word?

"Rollercoaster!" He said with a chuckle.

"It's been very up and down, but when it's been up it's been very enjoyable - that's the life of a footballer, it's one big rollercoaster.

"You've got to enjoy the ups and can't get too upset about the downs, I'm glad I'm still on the rollercoaster and hopefully more to come!"

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