Queens Park Rangers vs. Reading  1 - 1


Leigertwood calls for Reading focus

1 November 2012 16:22

Reading midfielder Mikele Leigertwood has insisted his struggling side cannot dwell on their 7-5 Capital One Cup defeat to Arsenal.

The 29-year-old scored for the second game in succession as Reading raced into a 4-0 lead at the Madejski Stadium on Wednesday, only to lose out in an extraordinary second half.

However, the 29-year-old is focusing on the positives from the game, and has urged his team-mates to put the result behind them by securing their first victory of the Premier League season when they visit Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.

"Arsenal are a good side and if we don't do the stuff that we're good at, then we'll get punished - unfortunately that was the case in the second half," he told the club's official website.

"We approached it in a positive way and that was evident from the start but we were probably too naive towards the end.

"We'll be back into training after we've had a couple of days off and we have to make sure we put it right on Sunday."

Leigertwood enjoyed a four-year spell at QPR before joining Reading, but is determined to get one over on his former club in order to boost his side's survival chances.

"It's going to be a test and we've shown time and time again that we can bounce back," he said.

"There's no reason why we can't go and get a positive result on Sunday.

"It's totally different to when I was there. They've spent a lot of money over the summer but things aren't clicking for them. But we're not worried about them - we focus on ourselves.

"Every game is a big game so we'll approach it in a positive manner as we always do and I'm sure we can get a result."


Premier League preview: QPR v Reading

1 November 2012 14:30

The only teams yet to win in the English Premier League this season meet when Queens Park Rangers play host to Reading on Sunday.

QPR are rooted to the bottom of the table with just three points from nine matches, while Reading occupy 18th on four points with a game in hand.

Manager Mark Hughes has come under fire for Rangers' wretched start, which followed a lively spending spree in the transfer market.

But midfielder Esteban Granero, who joined from Real Madrid in August, has backed Hughes to turn things around as the London club search for their first league win since May.

"It has to change because the reality is we only have three points and are bottom of the table," Granero told QPR's website.

"We have a good team, a good squad, a good manager, we do not deserve to be there - but that does not matter because you have to win games."

Reading, who beat QPR in a Capital One Cup clash back in September, head to Loftus Road on the back of a remarkable 7-5 cup loss to Arsenal on Tuesday.

Defender Kaspars Gorkss urged his Reading team-mates to stick together despite a sluggish start in their return to the top flight.

"We need to pick ourselves up as soon as possible for a massive game on Sunday, which is more important," Gorkss told Reading's website.

"A cup game is a cup game, and a league game is a league game. It's a new game on Sunday and hopefully we can get the same result we got there earlier this season."

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25