Shane Long holds no grudge against Brendan Rodgers

Shane Long
Long has scored 25 goals for the Royals this season

Reading striker Shane Long says he does not blame former boss Brendan Rodgers for his lack of game time during the manager's six month tenure at the club.

Long, 24, who faces Rodgers' Swansea in Monday's Championship Play-off final at Wembley, made just three starts in 21 games under the Irishman.

He told BBC Berkshire: "I wasn't doing it when I was under him and he had a reason not to play me, it was my fault.

"But [Reading manager] Brian McDermott gave me a chance and I've taken that."

Reading have never won promotion via the play-offs and Long is under no illusions as to how important the game is for the club.

"I view it as a very big game, I like to set the occasion high and I like to meet that occasion," he said.

"I'm looking forward to it, for me it's looking to go out in front of 80,000 fans and score a goal or two.

"At the end of the day it's 11 versus 11 on the pitch and we got to make our 11 count.

"Everybody has got to play at the top of their game to get past a very good Swansea side."

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