Leigertwood: Reading FC players only have themeselves to blame after Arsenal defeatBy Jonny Fordham
November 01, 2012
Mikele Leigertwood confessed that Reading's players have themselves to blame for their shock 7-5 defeat to Arsenal.
Throwing away a 4-1 lead at the break, Royals were ripped apart by Arsene Wenger's side at Madejski Stadium as they were dumped out of
the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.
In what will be a true test of their character, Royals must now move on and look forward to Sunday's bottom two clash against Leigertwood's old club Queens Park Rangers (live on Sky Sports 1, 1.30pm kick-off).
The 29-year-old said: "It's disappointing to score five and not win.
"That's hard to take, but we have no one to blame but ourselves.
"We all have to take a look at ourselves individually.
"There are positives to take, we're scoring, but we're not seeing games out and we need to take a step back and analyse that to see how we can out it right.
"We've shown time and time again that we can bounce back and there is no reason why we can't do that on Sunday with a positive result."
QPR is almost unrecognisable since Leigertwood's days there under former boss Neil Warnock.
A new owner, Tony Fernandes, has since come in and thrown hundreds of millions of pounds at the club, without seeing the benefits of his
"It's totally different to when I was there," added Leigertwood.
"They have spent a lot of money and things aren't clicking for them, but we can't worry about that and need to just worry about ourselves.
"Every game is a big one, we will approach it in a positive manner."
Another ex-Rangers man in the Reading ranks is Kaspars Gorkss.
Allowed to leave Loftus Road for Madejski Stadium in August 2011 following their promotion, the Latvia captain will be looking forward
to seeing some familiar faces in west London both on and off the pitch.
And Gorkss hopes that the Reading fans will back their side and show their support to help them register their first Premier League win of the season against his former employers.
He said: "I hope the fans won't turn on us. We didn't perform at our best on Tuesday when we should have won.
"I hope the fans will stay with us, because their support will play a big part in picking us up and helping us put games to bed and winning games. "We are all professionals and need to pick ourselves up as soon as possible as there is a massive game on Sunday."