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MIDFIELDER Jem Karacan insists Reading can compete in the Premier League and feels their first win is just around the corner. The Turkish under 21 international believes the Royals are playing well enough to maintain their Premier League status and a victory is not far away. Karacan said: "We've gone three unbeaten for now and we'll go into the next game full of confidence aiming to get a win.

We've all dreamed about playing in this league - I have since I can remember.

We deserve to be here and we're proving that day in, day out. "We're scoring goals, getting points on the board against teams that finished in the top ten last season.

There's no pressure.

We know how good we are but we've still got a lot of proving to do.

After the international break we'll be ready for Liverpool at Anfield." Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy hopes his run of games in the Premier League can help him secure a place in the England squad in the future. The 22-year-old aspires to play for the national team but recognises that coach Roy Hodgson currently puts others ahead of him. "Obviously there are a lot of good English keepers out there," McCarthy said.

"Joe Hart is an unbelievable keeper and he's been doing it for years. "I will just keep doing my thing and hopefully I will get there one day." McCarthy is looking forward to the challenge of facing Liverpool this weekend. "The focus is on Liverpool," he said.

"It's a massive game - but we'll be going there looking to get three points and see out the game. Liverpool are a huge club - these are the games you look forward to." Reading allowed a two-goal lead to slip on their last outing against Swansea City but could have lost the game but for McCarthy's saves as the Swans took control. He said: "It was disappointing as we had a good lead going into half time and we need to see games out from now on.

We're only six games in to the season and we definitely have something to build on."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2012
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