Hal Robson-Kanu keen to prove his worthBy Jonny Fordham
April 29, 2011
Hal Robson-Kanu is sure ex-winger Brian McDermott is the man to get the best out of him – just like he has done with Jimmy Kebe.
The Wales international deputised for Kebe in Reading’s last two games and even scored against Sheffield United to take him to five goals for the season from 13 starts.
“He knows what it is like to be a winger,” confessed the 21-year-old.
“He doesn’t put any pressure on you and lets you go play your game and enjoy playing it. I think we have a fantastic bunch of boys here and we are very professional outfit.
“The younger and senior pros help each other and you look to them for advice, but when you are on the pitch you are there on merit.
“When you are young you want to play games. I think I have played nearly 75 league games now and still being 21 that is no mean feat.
“I’m looking forward to getting more time on the pitch and when I do I know I will take my oppor-tunities.”
Robson-Kanu knows that with Kebe likely to shake off his thigh injury ahead of tomorrow’s game against Coventry City he could well drop back down to the bench.
“It’s always nice to be given an opportunity and I’ve been given it for the last couple of games,” continued the Londoner.
“I’m glad to have got on the scoresheet again and it’s been nice, but obviously the two results haven’t been great so we are looking forward to the next game now.
“You do rely on the players around you when you’re out on the wing, but fortunately we do have good players here so you get involved in the game.
“As a winger you have to get into the box and that was my fifth goal of the season.
“Hopefully I will get plenty more minutes and score plenty more goals.”
And with the frustration of Easter Monday’s defeat to strugglers Sheffield United behind them, Robson-Kanu is looking to kick on at the Ricoh Arena.
He said: “It was disappointing, but we are over that now and the focus is very much on the next game and what is to come.
“You always take the positives out of anything. We didn’t perform well on the day as a team so we just pick ourselves, dust ourselves down and look forward to tomorrow.
“The manager said the first half an hour was the best he had seen us play.
“It was a strange occasion, but those things happen in football and we have to get on with it and look at the next game.”
And he added: “Our focus is what it has been all season – to achieve what we know we can achieve.
“Every club in the league would love to be promoted automatically, but football is unpredictable.
“We are in the thick of the play-offs and we have two games left of the current season, so we need to finish that strongly and look forward to what is to come.”