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Exclusive: Jobi McAnuff speaks out on play-off agony and the title-winning season with Reading FC

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Jobi McAnuff is certainly up there as a club legend at Reading FC and he led the Royals to some notable achievements in his time with the club.

He spent five years with the Berkshire-based side and captained them to promotion to the Premier League in the 2011/2012 season.

It was the perfect response after suffering an agonising Play-Off final defeat to Swansea in the previous season.

Speaking exclusively to Football League World’s Jacob Potter, McAnuff described the atmosphere in the dressing room during the Play-Off final and how it impacted players in the following season.

“The game was pretty much over at half-time, so a few words were exchanged and the general outcome was to just go out with a fight, and we did that.

“It was pure dejection, it was a very tough time for myself and for a lot of the lads involved, it took a long time to get over.

“That reflected in the start we had in the following season as well which is natural, but we then used that disappointment to spur us on and we did that.” 

McAnuff spoke out about the title-winning season and insisted that there was a real belief amongst the players as the season progressed.

“We just got on a role, initially it was about just making the play-offs, where historically, the teams that come late have a good chance of going up. 

“The nature of some of the wins we had this season stood out, where at times, we were nicking results and the momentum and belief just started to go from there. 

“Every time we went out there, we believed that we were going to come away with a result and I think that affected some of the other teams as they physically were resigned to losing to us.”

The winger was also full of praise for former manager, Brian McDermott, and offered an insight into the working relationship they had whilst at the club.

“The biggest compliment I can give to Brian is that he trusts his players to go out there and do a job on the pitch. 

“I spoke to him out bringing potential players to the club, and he would often ask what he’s like as a lad instead of a player, Brian was huge on character. 

“We had such a togetherness and I think that was our biggest strength and was something that ultimately came from the manager.”

McAnuff will be hoping to add to his achievements with a Vanarama National League title edging closer, with Leyton Orient currently top of the league table heading towards the conclusion of this year’s campaign.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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