Long: Reading targeting play-offs

Irish International Shane Long says Reading can reach the Championship play-offs this season.

Irish International Shane Long says Reading can reach the Championship play-offs this season.

The Royals have had a disappointing start to the season losing to Scunthorpe and then going out of the League Cup on penalties to Northampton.

The South-east hit man, who is back to full fitness after picking up a knock against Scunthorpe on the opening day, has told Beat Sport's editor Martin Clancy that they can outfox the foxes.

Long said: "I think we have been playing well for the first three games, I know we only have two points, but one was against Portsmouth who were in the Premier League last season and Nottingham forest came third last year so I think three points is badly needed against Leicester and if we get that we can turn it into a good start to the season.

"They are a good side they got to the playoffs last year; its a massive club, big stadium good fans and hard place to go and with it on the telly as well it adds that extra bit of effort, its going to be hard to win but its something we can do all the less."

Long is also hopeful that Reading will reach the playoffs after narrowly missing out last year.

The Royals no.9 added: "I think we can get to the playoffs, we showed that at the end of last year; personally I would like to score as many goals as I can this season, get into double figures and score over 15."

As a former Tipperary Minor Hurler, he is eagerly anticipating the clash between Tipperary and Kilkenny on September 5.

He said: "It's a big match on the 5th, no doubt we are playing the best team in the country. I think Tipperary are the only team that can beat them and it would be nice to have a new name on the trophy.

"We need Kilkenny to have a bit of an off day; and us to play out of our skin and who knows what can happen. Ill try my best to get to the game to watch Tipperary lift the cup.”

The Tipperary native, who has become a father for the first time, says that his daughter who is now five months old, already has her Tipp jersey and he's predicted that the Premier County lift the Liam McCarthy with a winning margin of three points.

Shane Long was in conversation with Beat 102-103 Sports Editor Martin Clancy.

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