McAnuff is no match for Rodgers with a pool cueBy Jonny Fordham
November 27, 2009
Jobi McAnuff is confident of notching up his sixth start in a row for Reading after doing his boss a favour in the club’s pool tournament.
The 28-year-old winger lost out to pool-shark Rodgers yesterday afternoon, but believes the defeat will work out best for him in the long-run.
“I had a bit of a bad draw,” confessed the former Watford, Wimbledon and Crystal Palace star.
“The gaffer won the tournament at Chelsea last year, which is why he was so keen on doing it here and although I wouldn’t say I let him win, he won, so he’ll be pleased with that no doubt.”
Spirits at Hogwood Park are sky high right now after Reading's three-game unbeaten run and McAnuff has become a rejuvenated player since his £500,000 summer transfer from Vicarage Road.
He continued: “Everyone’s enjoying their football and it doesn’t matter what job you’re in, you want to enjoy the work you’re doing.
“It’s a good place to be right now, everyone’s enjoying getting out on the training pitch and going out for games.
“I’m happy with the way things are going personally and I want to carry on playing as well as I can and play for a winning team.”
McAnuff is also weary about coming up against experienced professional and Wales international Robbie Savage who is now the captain of tomorrow’s opponents Derby County.
“He’s a wily old player,” added McAnuff.
“Robbie’s been around the block and he’s a good pro who’s had a great career in football, so fair play to him to keep on going all these years like he has.
“He’s still plugging away and he’s obviously kept himself in great nick.
“I’ve played against him a couple of times. We played Derby in the last game of last season when I was at Watford and we managed to beat them that day.”
If Royals manage to beat Derby they could jump as many as four places up into 16th with just 10 points separating them in 20th place from the top six in the Championship table.