Kaspars Gorkss skippers Reading FC against BlackpoolBy Matthew Sadler
December 02, 2011
Kaspars Gorkss will captain Reading against the club that gave him his big break in England when Royals visit Blackpool tomorrow (3pm kick-off).
Gorkss signed for the Seasiders from Latvian side Ventspils in January 2007 and was a firm fans’ favourite during his 18-month spell at the club, making 57 appearances in all competitions before leaving for Queens Park Rangers.
And with regular Reading skipper Jobi McAnuff suspended for the trip to Ian Holloway’s side, boss Brian McDermott will hand the armband to the 30-year-old Latvia captain.
Gorkss said: “It’s a big honour for me. I don’t do anything differently (as captain) to what I would normally do.
“I try to lead from the back anyway so that’s what I will continue to do.
“Blackpool is where it all started for me. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am now. I have good memories from that time.
“It’s been so long since I left so maybe they have forgotten about me. Before I signed for Blackpool people were saying it was the Vegas of England, now I understand what they meant,” he laughed.
“I came when they were in League One so that was much different to the football I had played before. It took some time to adapt, but I enjoyed the atmosphere and the football and have good memories from that time.” Reading have struggled to defend set-pieces in recent matches, conceding in their last three games.
And Gorkss said: “I think it is probably the most frustrating thing at the moment. We can work on it a lot in training, but it still keeps happening.
“I think that is one of the things we need to look at because we don’t make opposition teams work hard for their goals.
“We concede from set-pieces and silly mistakes and that is the one thing we have to cut out if we want to keep winning.”
Reading pose a threat of their own from corners and free-kicks as Gorkss, centre-back partner Alex Pearce and Simon Church have all scored from Ian Harte deliveries in the last two matches.
Gorkss added: “He (Harte) has an amazing left foot and his deliveries have been great. I told him I will just run in the box and he should try to hit me on the head and we will see how it works out.