McAnuff: Reading FC are the form team in the whole worldBy Jonny Fordham
April 20, 2012
No team is in better form than Reading in the whole world right now – says captain Jobi McAnuff.
Royals clinched promotion to the Premier League with two games to go on Tuesday night when they won 1-0 against Nottingham Forest and are looking to get one hand on the Championship trophy with another victory against Crystal Palace tomorrow (3pm kick-off).
Brian McDermott’s men have two more maximums than their closest rivals Southampton and could amass a total of 94 points this season if they win their last two games.
And McAnuff said: “Our form is probably as good as anyone around the world right now.
“It’s been fantastic to be part of. I’m proud to captain this set of players and this is something that will live with me for the rest of my life.”
McAnuff has come close to becoming a top-flight player on a number of occasions, most recently with Reading in the play-offs last season.
“It’s fifth time lucky, realistically it could be 10 or 11 though,” he joked.
“I’ve had a near-miss in the play-offs four times and we said in January how we wanted to avoid them again. We fully deserve this and I don’t think we’ve had the credit we’ve deserved at certain stages of the season. Recently our central midfield has been ripped out and we’ve pulled out some results.
“It’s unbelievable. For me personally this is something I have been trying to do for my whole career.
“We’ve had a real good season and this has been a massive team effort from the physios to players and everyone else involved.
“For those of us that have gone close in the past this does feel that bit sweeter. We have come back in great style and massive credit to everyone here for doing that.”
The 30-year-old winger, who like a number of his team-mates, was choking back the tears following the jubilant scenes at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday, is now looking forward to the best summer of his life.
As well as getting married, McAnuff is also planning on organising a promotion party to Las Vegas with his fellow Royals stars.
And he added: “Hand on heart, last summer was the worst of my life and to come back has been outstanding.”