Paul McShane is keen to draw a line under the 2017/18 campaign and look forwards rather than backwards after the Royals confirmed their Sky Bet Championship status with a goalless draw away against Premier League-bound Cardiff City.
In a game of high-stakes at both ends of the table, a strong defensive display saw the Royals soak up everything that the automatically promoted Bluebirds had to offer and, ultimately, got the job done by securing their status in the Championship.
As well as the result, the game also saw the Royals’ skipper return to the pitch after a lengthy spell out and he was delighted to be back out on the grass.
Speaking to iFollow, McShane explained: “It was great to be back out there. I would have liked to have played a little bit more to be honest, but I have been out for quite a long time.
“I’m glad that I could get back out there and that we got the result that we needed in the end.
“When it came through that Fulham were losing 2-0, Cardiff might have taken their foot off the pedal a little bit, but we had to do a job and see them out.
“It’s still a clean sheet, and a much-needed one after the last two games.”
As well as discussing the result, McShane also took time to reflect on the season as a whole and admitted that the performance of the team over the course of the season has been ‘nowhere near good enough’.
With that said, the Reading captain was keen to look forwards, rather than backwards.
He added: “It’s a big relief for the season to be finished. It has been really hard at stages this season and mentally, very tough.
“We know that it’s been very tough for the fans as well, especially after last season, because we have been nowhere near good enough.
“I’m glad that it’s all finished now so that we can draw a line under it and crack on next season.”