Date: 3rd May 2017 at 12:41pm
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Reading keeper Ali Al-Habsi has been confirmed as the 2016-17 Player of the Year.

Former Bolton and Wigan keeper Al-Habsi, winner of the award last season, has joined a small group of players to retain the Player of the Year – he saw off competition from the likes of former Leicester defender Liam Moore, signed last summer, and veteran striker Yann Kermorgant.

It’s been a season to remember for Reading, however, we’ll hope there’s still more to come and promotion back to the Premier League can be secured via the play-offs, for this the Royals are most likely going to need Al-Habsi at his best some more.

On this topic, what Reading have achieved this season, Al-Habsi congratulated everyone at the Madejski Stadium for guiding us to a top-six finish.

He told the Official Website: ‘I want to say congratulations to everyone at this football club. The players, the staff and the fans, because what we have done to reach the play-offs has been amazing.’

Adding: ‘We haven`t played with pressure from the start of the season, because nobody thought that Reading would reach the play-offs. But that has made us more relaxed in the way that we have played because everyone has been talking about other teams and we have just done our job. Don`t forget that we work really, really hard every single day and the results have shown, especially at home.’

Al-Habsi went on to talk about the impressive home form being such a key factor, 16 of the 23 games at the Madejski have been won this season. A victory over Burton would secure Reading a third-placed finish heading into the play-offs.

Which is what he’s now looking for so Reading will have some momentum to carry into the play-off semi-finals and hopefully final.

The Oman international finished: ‘Now we relax for one week and concentrate for the next game. Burton is an important game and we need to finish with as many points as possible and go into the play-offs with that winning mentality. We need the momentum going from now. We need to focus because the play-offs are only two games and then you could be going to Wembley.’

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