Hunt: Swansea game is 'massive'

Reading striker Noel Hunt has said his side is looking forward to facing Swansea in the play-off final in Wembley.

Reading striker Noel Hunt has said his side is looking forward to facing Swansea in the play-off final in Wembley.

The Waterford native was part of the Royals XI that defeated Cardiff 3-0 last night in Wales.

Speaking with Beat 102-103 Sports Editor Martin Clancy this morning, Hunt said: "To be fair I only got a collection of three or four hours sleep with the adrenaline, it is a nice feeling.

"I think we sealed the deal when Jobi scored the third goal, and then we could relax a bit and see the game out. After in the dressing room it was special, the chairman was down and some of the board were down - it was nice."

Hunt said that Reading manager Brian McDermott told his side to continue what they were doing when they were 2-0 at the break.

"We had a good strong formation, we played a 4-4-1-1, it just gave me a bit of a holding job to keep an eye on Whittingham and not let him get on the ball too much and play off him really."

Shane Long chipped the ball into a gaping net for Reading's first after Cardiff Keeper Stephen Bymater kicked the ball at the Tipp man.

Hunt said his heart stopped as the ball hung in the air.

"To be fair it took an age for it to come down, he didn't realise he could have side-footed it without getting the height on it. I think my heart stopped for a few seconds with the height on it, and it's great to have Shane up there, it gives me the chance to do what the staff want me to do.

"It works both ways for both of us and I'm just glad he's on the score sheet. I said to him at half time I would try my best to get him the hat-trick."

It's onto Wembley for the Royals now and a date with Swansea on May 30.

"It is a massive game and the story turned out quite nice, obviously they are a nice footballing side, the best in the league at what they do, but we have got to stick to our plan and work hard and we'll see what comes at the end of it."

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