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Gorkss: Fantastic to return

12 November 2013

Defender pleased with start

Kaspars Gorkss spoke of his delight as he returned to the starting line-up for last weekend's draw with his former club Queens Park Rangers.

Manager Nigel Adkins explained the reasons for his recall after the game, and Kaspars certainly didn't let anyone down after a helping the Royals to a deserved point against our promotion rivals.

"It felt fantastic to be back - there's nothing better than playing games in this profession," said the Latvian skipper.

"It's one of our jobs to stay fit and to stay ready to get back in the team whenever the possibility comes. That's what I've certainly been trying to do by working hard on the training pitch.

"I think we need to set ourselves the goal to win every game, especially at home. It doesn't matter who we play, QPR or any other team. The players we have here are more than capable of beating any team in the division. QPR are one of the favourites, but so are we."

Before Reading face Blackburn away from home on the 23rd, Kaspars has a Royals showndown of its own kind to look forward to - as his Latvia side take on the Republic of Ireland, who are set to have Stephen Kelly and Alex Pearce involved.

"I think it will be the first time I'll have played against a fellow Reading player! It's going to be nice," he added.

"Then it's another good team with high expectations, and a long trip. I think we take one game at a time. We'll analyse the QPR game and hopefully we can improve on our performance at Blackburn."

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