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The winger is refusing to describe his side's upcoming clash with Fulham as a "must-win" game, believing it will have little bearing on whether the Royals stay up

Reading winger Jobi McAnuff has reassured fans that there is still a long way to go in The Royals' quest to retain their Premier League status.

Brain McDermott's side romped to the Championship title last season but have struggled to adapt to life in the top flight and are yet to pick up their first win.

Reading currently occupy 19th place with just three points but McAnuff has dismissed suggestions that Saturday's showdown with Fulham is a must-win game.

"It’s a ridiculous thing to say at this stage of the season that it is a must-win game," the club captain told the Reading Post.

"That’s just a throw-away statement to hype it up more than it is. We have such a long way to go.”

The 30-year-old also insisted his team-mates cannot write off games against the likes of Liverpool, who narrowly defeated the Berkshire outfit in their last fixture at Anfield.

“You can’t write off games against Man United, City, Arsenal and others because where does that list stop?" he added.

“It’s silly to do that. If you do then you have no chance. Norwich beat Arsenal the other day and people said they wouldn’t get anything before Sunday.

“As a squad we would never think like that. It’s just not the mentality of this club. We believe we can get results no matter who the opposition is. We have shown that in patches and now we need to do that by putting together a full 90 minutes."

The former Jamaica international went on to express excitement at making a return to the Madejski Stadium after a month away due to the international break.

He continued: “We haven’t been at home for a while and it’s our job to create the atmosphere. The crowd will get behind us if we’re performing.”