Federici: Cardiff City defeat can help Reading FC kick on
January 05, 2012
Adam Federici believes last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Cardiff City could act as a wake-up call for Reading.
Royals went into the game in fine form, having won six of their last seven games, but they were second best and left south Wales with nothing despite Jobi McAnuff’s goal.
Federici said: “We lacked a bit of spark in the first half. We got a goal back and they looked like there was a way back for us in the second half, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
“We just thought we needed to come out (after half-time) with a bit more fighting spirit. I thought we did that, but without creating too many opportunities. It’s unfortunate, but we will take this as a good thing – we have been on a fantastic run, but this is a little wake up to keep us going.”
Royals are in FA Cup action this weekend when League 1 high-fliers Stevenage visit Madejski Stadium (3pm kick-off).
Federici played as the two sides met in the fourth round last season with Reading winning 2-1 at Broadhall Way.
And the 26-year-old is hoping to be involved again on Saturday, despite Alex McCarthy having returned from a successful loan spell at Leeds and Mikkel Andersen impressing in training.
He said: “I love the FA Cup and I think everyone knows how much I love it
“It’s his (McDermott’s) decision. Mikkel has been fantastic the last couple of weeks with myself and he has been working really hard in training.
“I’ve enjoyed having his support, which is always very important. Our defence has been in good form and I’ve been in good form, which is a big credit to him as well.”