Reading captain Jobi McAnuff relishing Championship run-in

Jobi McAnuff

Reading captain Jobi McAnuff says he is relishing his side's end-of-season run-in as they battle for automatic promotion to the Premier League.

His side take on Southampton on Friday, with the winners set to move three points clear at the top of the Championship with three games left.

McAnuff, who has never played in the top flight, told BBC Radio Berkshire: "We've got a few massive games to come.

"But we are relishing it," added the 30-year-old midfielder.

McAnuff has played 38 times for the Royals this season and says the squad are looking forward to taking on Southampton at St Mary's.

And McAnuff who has previously played for Watford, Crystal Palace, Cardiff, West Ham and MK Dons says Reading will not be phased by the occasion.

"They are a very good team, one of the better teams we played this year with the ball," he said.

"I suppose because of where we both are in the league and with just four games to go it will be talked about as a big game but for us this is just the next game.

"We are looking forward to it, it is a great game, we've put ourselves in a great position. I think it is one we can go and enjoy, there is more emphasis on them as they have been up there all season but I think we can go there in confident mood."

In a career that has spanned 11 years, the winger is yet to experience Premier League football, something he is keen to rectify.

"I've been close a few times, but have not managed to do it," he said.

"There is a lot of work to be done and all we can do is keep getting the results.

"Every player wants to play in the Premier League and it's something I've not quite managed yet. I watch Match of the Day every weekend and I want to be there. It's a massive ambition and that's what's spurring me on."