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In-form winger up for Kebe challenge

Published: 7 Dec 2012 12:300 comments

HAL Robson-Kanu will let his performances do the talking - as he prepares to fight off rival winger Jimmy Kebe for a place in Royals' starting line-up.

Goal-den moment: Hal Robson-Kanu celebrated his third goal of the Premier League season after hitting the opening against Manchester United last weekend.
Pic: Chris Forsey.

Fans' favourite Kebe is nearing full-fitness after missing the last seven games with a groin injury.

But Wales winger Robson-Kanu, 23, staked a firm claim for the shirt with his third goal of the campaign in last weekend's defeat to Manchester United.

He said: "This season is all about our squad. I've shown what I can do and my performances speak for themselves.

"It's always nice to score, especially in the Premier League. I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully we will start picking up some wins.

"But the most important thing is the team and that everyone pulls together."

He added: "It's always disappointing to lose, especially at home, but I think the Manchester United game showed what we're about as a team and hopefully we can kick on." Robson-Kanu gave Reading the perfect start against United when he put his side 1-0 up in the 10th minute before United hit back to claim the victory.

"We had a dream start but it was disappointing we couldn't hold on to the lead," added Robson-Kanu.

"We need to learn from that and move on. We gave a softy penalty away but that's football and we have to take these things as they come."

++ A FIRST-half Liam Kelly hat-trick helped Reading U18s secure a 5-3 win at Arsenal which guaranteed top spot in the FA Premier Academy League Group 1 table.

Further goals from De'Juane Taylor-Crossdale and Dominic Hyam made it nine wins in a row for Eamonn Dolan's youngsters. ++

++ ROYALS U21s came back twice to earn a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Madejski Stadium on Sunday.

Nigel Neita gave the Gunners the lead but Tariqe Fosu equalised for the home side. Royals fell behind again soon after when Thomas Eisfield netted.

But Niall Keown, son of Arsenal legend Martin, helped set up the leveller for Craig Tanner ++

++ TEENAGER Alice Palmer scored twice as Reading FC Women beat Lewes Ladies 4-0 last weekend **

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