Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici was pleased to keep a clean sheet against Norwich on Saturday and hailed the Royals’ solid performance.

Federici made his first Premier League appearance since late August  to help struggling Reading to a 0-0 draw at the Madjeski Stadium.

And the 27-year-old Australian keeper believes Brian McDermott’s side were solid and deserved to come away with all three points.

“The defence and the whole team were really solid.

“We all worked hard in the week and the boys deserved a clean sheet. Everything was good, but we just lacked a goal,” he told Reading’s official website.

“We deserved three points, and you can say that for a lot of games this season. But the positives are that we kept a clean sheet and looked really solid so we will build from that.”

Federici also expressed his delight at being back in the Reading starting line-up, replacing the injured Alex McCarthy, and claims the Royals are edging closer to their first win of the season.

“It has been tough, but I have got myself fit again and I am back playing. I thoroughly enjoyed being back and it was really satisfying to keep a clean sheet,” he added.

“We have got loads of quality in the squad, we have just got to show it now. We are not far away from a win, everyone is confident of it.

“We have got the monkey off our back with the clean sheet and the next one will be the three points.”

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