Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has hailed the incredible support he received from the Madejski faithful last night.
The Aussie stopper was the subject of a #FlagsForFeds campaign, where Reading fans brought banners, Australian flags and inflatable Kangaroos to the game against Birmingham last night.
The campaign was to remind Federici of the fans faith in him after his mistake in the FA Cup against Arsenal. Alexis Sanchez’s shot trickled under him after an initial save, which lead to him leaving the pitch crying.
Federici, in his first interview since the blunder, said he’s lost sleep over the incident, but was overwhelmed by the fans reaction.
He told Get Reading: “That’s the toughest warm up I’ve had a for a while. I’ve got to say thank you to all the Reading support. They’ve been unbelievable.
“It’s just been amazing. It just makes you remember what a special place this club is and what it means to me.
“Everyone knows I give my all in every game I play and I’ve given pretty much my life for the last 10 years to this club.
“So it was just an amazing feeling to come out and see that support. Especially given the way I’ve been feeling.
“I got told about it but didn’t know what it was going to be like.
“A few people were filling me in because I haven’t been on social media for obvious reasons.
“I haven’t really been on Twitter. I wrote a message (on Monday) and then just left it.
“It’s been a tough couple of days. I haven’t really slept that much, but it comes with the territory. It’s part of my job.
“It’s just a big part of being a keeper. But I can’t thank the supporters enough. They’ve always been amazing with me, but to have that support was incredible. It got me through last night.
“Now hopefully I can start to move on which would be nice because the last few days and have been pretty crazy.”
Fans left the Madejski Stadium grumbling after yet another league defeat. Once again, they dominated the game but Birmingham nicked three points with five minutes to go, thanks to a Clayton Donaldson header.
Steve Clarke’s Reading remain in 19th place in the Sky Bet Championship, having accumulated 47 points this season – in what has culminated in an abysmal league campaign for the Berkshire club.