Soccer – Mackie desperate for final spot


Loanee Jamie Mackie believes Reading need to match the attitude of opponents Arsenal in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.

The versatile forward joined the Royals at the start of the campaign from Championship rivals Nottingham Forest and has helped the men from Berkshire reach the last four of the FA Cup.
And his strike in a 3-0 sixth round replay win over Bradford City came at the end of a run of five goals in six games, which has given Mackie confidence for the challenge of trying to see off the Gunners.
He told the Chronicle: “Arsenal will be going into this game thinking it’s a semi-final as they want to win the competition and we have to be the same. We’re also in the semi-final, we’ve got this far, it isn’t our final.”
The Royals should have Russia frontman Pavel Pogrebnyak available again following a calf problem and they are 5/1 with Bet365 to reach the FA Cup final for the first time in their history.