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Threat of drop drives McAnuff

Reading skipper Jobi McAnuff has warned he is not prepared to let his Premier League dream go willingly.

McAnuff has had to wait until this season, and after his 30th birthday, to taste life in the top-flight. In the preceding years McAnuff, who began his career at Wimbledon, endured several near misses.

The midfielder suffered a hat-trick of play-off exits with Crystal Palace, Watford and Reading – before last season finally leading his side to the Premier League.

"I've really enjoyed it, it's a challenge," McAnuff said ahead of today's crucial clash with relegation rivals Aston Villa at the Madejski.

"From our point of view we've been written off before the season even started by pretty much everybody outside Reading Football Club. That drives me on."

Despite being in the bottom three for the majority of the season, Reading could go clear of danger with victory over Villa.

"We know we need to perform and get a result. We feel capable of doing that," added McAnuff.

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