KNOCKOUT IS HAL OF A WAY TO GET GOING
QPR v READING
HAL ROBSON-KANU reckons another great cup run could kick-start Reading’s season.
The Royals travel to fellow Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers having picked up just one point so far.
But they have enjoyed two cracking FA Cup runs under current boss Brian McDermott in recent years and see no reason why success in the Capital One Cup can’t have a similar effect.
Wales international Robson-Kanu said: “It’s a cup game and we know all about cup competitions over the years.
“We’re looking forward to it and we will be fully focused.”
Reading will go into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat at West Brom.
Robson-Kanu added: “When results aren’t going your way, you need the big characters to step up to the plate and we have certainly got the people in the changing room to do that.
“I am sure over the course of the season we’ll show that and prove a lot of people wrong.”
Winger Jimmy Kebe could be passed fit in time to make the Loftus Road clash his first game of the season but veteran striker Jason Roberts is still sidelined with the calf injury he picked up in pre-season.
Mark Hughes’ Hoops, who lost 2-1 at Tottenham on Sunday, will be without four experienced defenders.
Anton Ferdinand, Jose Bosingwa, Armand Traore and Fabio are all out, along with striker Andy Johnson.
Stephane Mbia and Adel Taarabt have both been passed fit to bolster the midfield and Kieron Dyer is set for his first start in more than a year.
The former England man’s last one was the opening day of last season but he impressed as an early sub at White Hart Lane and has declared himself fitter than ever.