Ali Al-Habsi: Reading keeper keen to seize starting chance

Ali Al-Habsi
Ali Al-Habsi has kept successive clean sheets against Middlesbrough and Charlton

Reading goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi is targeting a regular starting place after keeping successive clean sheets.

Oman international Al-Habsi, 33, has had to wait for his chance after his move to the Madejski Stadium in July.

Injury to fellow keeper Jonathan Bond has now given the former Wigan Athletic player his first-team opportunity.

"For me, the chance to start two games is great. I've done my job right with two clean sheets and I want it to continue," he told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"Any chance you get in the team right now, you have to prove it.

"You have to show the manager and the fans you are ready to push all the way until the end of the season."

Al-Habsi was a relative spectator for the majority of Reading's 1-0 win against Charlton on Saturday as the Addicks mustered just one shot on target.

But, Al-Habsi admitted it was a test of both his and his side's concentration.

"These types of games are tough," he said. "They're difficult to play in against teams that just come to defend.

"But, we were in control and were patient and confident that a goal would come."

Elsewhere, Reading midfielder Jack Stacey has signed a new contract,external-link keeping him at the Championship club until 2019.

Academy graduate Stacey, 19, made two starts for the Royals last season.