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22 February 2013

Defender looks back at his last trip to the Madejski Stadium with Latics and the similarities with the Royals’ current form.


In 2007 a trip to the Madejski Stadium and a header from Marcus Bent looked to have grabbed Wigan Athletic a point but, in the 90th minute James Harper broke Latics’ hearts when he made it 2-1 to the hosts.

Paul Scharner was in the team that day and recalls the game as an opportunity that past the team by:

“We missed so many chances in that game and we shouldn’t have lost.

“I remember them scoring so late on and we were so frustrated because we had played very well.

“Marcus (Bent) had some great chances and also Julius Aghahowa but we needed to be tighter at the back too to stop Harper from scoring.”

Tomorrow will be Latics’ first visit to Berkshire for five and a half years and the theme of late goals is still going strong as Reading have scored eight in the last five minutes of league games.

Scharner believes focus has to be kept from the first whistle to the last.

“We know that we need to keep enough energy for the last ten minutes because Reading are scoring lots of late goals like the ones they got against Chelsea.

“I came here to help the team out and as a defender to help concede as few goals as possible so we need to be focussing on keeping a clean sheet and that will demand extra energy levels against Reading.”

In order to keep Reading at bay, Scharner called upon the whole team to be solid by saying:

“It is the responsibility of the defenders to be organised but we have to defend as a unit of 11 players.

“Attack starts in defence and defence starts in attack and if we play our game of keeping the ball then we can make it really difficult for Reading.

“The way we played against Huddersfield towards the end of the game has shown that we can keep going until late on and we will need to play with the same intensity.”

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