Manchester City to put Reading FC star's record to testBy Jonny Fordham
March 10, 2011
Unbeaten Mikele Leigertwood will put his Reading record to the test against the Galacticos of Manchester City on Sunday.
The on-loan Queens Park Rangers man has been a rock in midfield since he joined in November and has racked up an amazing 17 games without being on a losing side.
In fact all season the Antigua international has not tasted defeat as his previous 10 appearances for Rangers were also without loss.
He over-took Brynjar Gunnarsson's Reading record for a new player remaining unbeaten earlier this month.
Now, Leigertwood is looking to add Roberto Mancini’s City side to Royals’ two other Premier League scalps and book a semi-final showdown for his adopted club at Wembley for the first time since 1927.
He told getreading: “It’s pleasing to have a record like this. I hope it continues and I want to win as many games as possible. I’m happy to be playing games and winning games.
“Man City will be a hard game, but we want to progress and we will be going there off the back of some great performances and full of confidence.
“The players keep winding me up about it saying I keep going on about it, but I just go about my work quietly.
“I don’t think I’ve been on a run like this before, but I think I’ve been on a losing run like this!”
Last season Royals came agonisingly close to a trip to the home of football to face Chelsea.
Winning 2-0 at half-time against Aston Villa at Madejski Stadium, fans had already began to plan their route to Wembley Way.
But Martin O’Neill’s side hit back and thumped Brian McDermott’s men 4-2 to progress.
And with moneybags City able to call on some of football’s superstars, Leigertwood is remaining calm ahead of the tie.
“We know the quality that they have,” he said.
“They’ve spent millions and millions on top quality players. It’s just our next match and another football game that we want to win against another Premier League side.
“We’re full of confidence and we will approach a game in a professional way.”
And Leigertwood dropped yet more hints of his desire to stay at Madejski Stadium after his loan deal runs out at the end of the season.
With QPR boss Neil Warnock deeming him surplus to requirements, McDermott is desperate to keep hold of him.
“I’m settled here,” added Leigertwood who is best mates with winger Jobi McAnuff.
“I really like it, this is a great club with great staff and players.
“The spirit is good, the fans are good and so long may it continue.”