Reading FC's success 'down to Brian McDermott'By Matthew Sadler
March 02, 2012
Wales international Hal Robson-Kanu has attributed Reading’s fine recent form to the team ethic manager Brian McDermott has instilled in the side.
Royals can move to within a point of the automatic promotion places with victory at Millwall tomorrow and are the form side in the Championship, having won 10 of their last 12 league games.
Robson-Kanu said: “You look at all the top clubs – the Manchester United’s – and it stems from the manager.
“The team ethic is to work for each other, to give your all on the pitch and to be unselfish when you are on the pitch.
“That sort of performance always brings around results and when you have good players – exceptional players – doing those sorts of things, you are always going to win games.
“The people that have come in this season have done equally well.
“It is about 11 players and when you keep five clean sheets in a row it shows the whole team is working together.”
The impressive form of captain Jobi McAnuff and Jimmy Kebe has restricted Robson-Kanu to 13 starts this season, but the 22-year-old was selected for Wales’ 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica on Wednesday – a match arranged in memory of former manager Gary Speed.
Robson-Kanu played the full game and came close to scoring, but was denied by a fine save from Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas.
Robson-Kanu said: “It was a really memorable game and a great tribute to Gary Speed.
“There were a lot of people there, his friends, his family and supporters, so it was a really emotional evening.
“We had 90 minutes to play and it was difficult to focus on that, but we had to focus during the game.
“It was an emotional week, a lot of thoughts, a lot of memories flying about and a lot of coverage about it.
“I think the players did Gary Speed justice with the performance and turning up to show their support.
“I am very aware of my abilities and what I can do and it is always nice to play in games with top Premier League players and show what I can do.
“I was getting good comments from the commentators after the game saying I was a plus coming out of it and it is always great to hear those sort of things.”