Back to Madejski Stadium this weekend to host Blackburn Rovers – and centre-half Tom McIntyre is delighted to be back on home soil, where the team have been enjoying the fantastic atmosphere generated by the home support in RG2 this season.
“The atmosphere at Madejski Stadium has been good,” said McIntyre. “The fans have got behind us, and that has given us more confidence.
“The Charlton game wasn’t the result that we wanted. But we really felt that our fans were behind us and that is going to be massive for us this year if we want to push up the league and be up there at the end.
“Blackburn will be a direct team in some of the way that they plan, but we don’t need to worry about how they play too much. We will stick to our methods – try to play out from the back with some nice football, and hopefully get some goals this weekend.”
Indeed, the squad would rather be making their Madejski return on the back of a win – but they were left ruing an opportunity missed last weekend. A stellar display went unrewarded away at Middlesbrough – the Teessiders stole the points.
“There are so many positives we can take away from that game,” Tom continued. “We had so many good goalscoring chances and we limited them to very few chances.
“The worry comes if you’re not creating chances – and we did. On another day we could have put a few of them away and we’d have left with the three points.
“That’s just football. You take the rough with the smooth. But there were loads of positives from the game. If we keep doing the right things, results will come – that’s guaranteed. If we keep creating chances and limiting our opponents, we’ll win games.”
Last weekend was a fourth appearance of the campaign for lifelong Royals supporter McIntyre, who has quickly become a dependable member of the senior team – in part because of the guidance from his defensive teammates.
“I’m living the dream at the moment,” said McIntyre. “I’m loving everything about it. I waited a few games for my chance, and as soon as it came I knew that I needed to take it. I think I’ve done alright so far – there is still stuff that I can improve on but at the minute I’m loving it.
“It has been great to learn from the likes of Liam Moore and Michael Morrison. They have played loads of games, and have a lot more experience than I have. I’m learning so much off them. For any young player it is massive to have experienced heads around. When you do stuff wrong they tell you, and when you do stuff right they pat you on the back.
“They keep you level-headed – they lead by example and I’m trying to take in as much as I can.”
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