Church eyes FA Cup progress
Reading striker Simon Church is confident the club can continue their impressive run in the FA Cup
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 11/02/10 2:34pm
Reading striker Simon Church is confident the club can continue their impressive run in the FA Cup as they prepare to face Championship rivals West Brom in the fifth round.
The Royals are battling to beat the drop, while the Baggies are striving to gain promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Having dumped both Liverpool and Burnley out of the competition, Wales international Church believes that the tie offers them a great chance to progress to the last eight.
He told skysports.com: "At the end of the day we have got a chance to get through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and not a lot of players get the chance to do that in their careers.
"Although we could be facing someone like Chelsea instead, we will take West Brom. We want to go far in this competition and do well in it, so no matter who we face we will be going out to win."
The Royals have won all three games since appointing Brian McDermott as permanent manager just over two weeks ago and Church believes the selection of a familiar face has helped steady the ship.
He added: "It was all a bit up in the air when we didn't have a permanent manager, but he has come in and everyone knew him from before anyway and it is good for the club's future.
"The players want to do well for him and he wants to do well for the club, so it is a good combination in that respect."