Reading FC's Robson-Kanu seeks regular attacking role
Published: 8 Mar 2013 11:000 comments
HAL Robson-Kanu says he will happily go the rest of the season without scoring another goal if it means Reading FC stay up.
The mercurial midfielder came off the bench to net his fourth Premier League goal of the season in the 3-1 defeat at Everton last weekend.
But it was a small crumb of comfort for the Welsh international as Royals crashed to their third successive league defeat that leaves them stuck in the
Robson-Kanu admitted: "It's always great to get on the scoresheet but the most important thing is winning football matches.
"Personally, I'd rather not score in a game and the team win if it means the club stays in the Premier League.
"We've still got great belief in ourselves and our ability to get out of this. We did some good things against a top team like Everton and we have to build on that.
"They've got the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Kevin Mirallas, Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar. They're a really strong team and they're showing that in the Premier League.
"It's no shame losing at their place. It was a disappointing result but we will pick ourselves up and we will be ready for Saturday."
Reading now have 10 more games to preserve their top-flight status, and not many come bigger than Saturday's crunch six-pointer against Aston Villa, with only one point separating the sides.
Royals then face trips to Manchester United and Arsenal after that, placing more importance on Brian McDermott's men to secure a victory against Paul Lambert's fellow strugglers this weekend.
However, Robson-Kanu stressed their preparation for the Villa clash will remain the same as normal.
"Every game is important and you can only pick up three points," he argued. "We approach each game the same and our mentality will not change.
"We know what we need to do to get a result. We know the players we've got and we will be full of confidence going into the game.
"Every team in the Premier League has exceptional players, whoever you are playing against. But the thing that really matters is that we do our jobs on the pitch."
His excellent headed goal at Goodison Park aside, Robson-Kanu's chances of starting against Villa will be increased by Jimmy Kebe's injury and Pavel Pogrebnyak's ban, robbing McDermott of two key attacking players.
Robson-Kanu is often seen as back-up to Kebe or skipper Jobi McAnuff, but he says he is ready and prepared to fill any role he is given.
He added confidently: "I know what I can do and I believe I have shown it throughout the season when given the chance.
"I've scored goals and created goals and I'm happy to play in a number of positions, be it on either wing, up front or in behind the striker.
"It doesn't matter who is fit and who isn't, I know what I'm capable of doing.
"But the most important thing is a winning team. If I can contribute towards that then great."