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"We must impose our game"

23 November 2012

Robson-Kanu looks to Wigan

Hal Robson-Kanu has called on the Royals to focus on their own game when they take on Wigan Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

Brian McDermott’s men picked up their first league win of the season last weekend after a high tempo second half performance – and the 23-year-old winger believes that a similar display is needed at the DW Stadium.

“We know the way they play, we know how we play – we’ve got to go there and we have to impose our game upon them,” Hal told BBC Radio Berkshire.

“That’s what we’ll be looking to do. Hopefully we can get the three points. From a personal point of view it’s always nice to be playing, that’s what I’ve wanted to do from the get go – but regardless of who plays its massively important that we win games – we need to keep it going, that’s what matters.”

Robson-Kanu has also paid tribute to the staff who help things tick over at Hogwood Park on a day to day basis.

“A lot of things go on behind the scenes that people wouldn’t know about, and that’s all geared to being as successful as you can be. I do pride myself on being a professional, setting that example to other players. The training we have here is really top level – with people like Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi, that’s a massive part on why we’ve been successful.

“I think it’s easy to forget that Brian is the one that brought a lot of the players through from the Academy, and he has given us that chance. Obviously last season we had a fantastic campaign getting promoted, now we’re in the Premier League and we definitely want to stay.”

McDermott himself has spoken fondly of the Academy graduate.

“I told Hal a few weeks ago, just train well – do the best you can every day and do the best you can around the place,” he said.

“I thought his reaction after the Norwich game was first class. He came on against Fulham, he scored a goal and made a goal, but he didn’t come on against Norwich. However he didn’t come up to me and say anything, he just trained really well the Monday, Tuesday and then played against Everton. He’s still a young player and learning his trade.” 

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