Robson-Kanu thanks Reading boss Adkins for first-team opportunities

The 23-year-old netted twice in his side's win against Fulham, taking his tally to seven for the season, and he attributes his upturn in form to the faith shown in him by his coach
Hal Robson-Kanu thanked Reading boss Nigel Adkins for giving him a string of first-team opportunities after he scored twice in his side's 4-2 win at Fulham on Saturday.

The midfielder netted once in each half at Craven Cottage, taking his tally to seven for the season in a campaign that has also seen him score for Wales in their bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

However, Robson-Kanu believes his impressive form is nothing new and that he has simply been allowed to flourish by the faith Adkins has shown in him.

"He's played me – it's as simple as that," the 23-year-old told reporters after his side's victory. "I know what I'm capable of and I've always been capable of doing it but it's about getting minutes on the pitch.

"The manager's come in and played me and I'm showing what I can do. I feel in my heart of hearts that if I'd been given the opportunity two years ago I would have been doing the same thing.

"I've got seven Premier League goals this season and I've scored international goals as well so I know what I'm capable of and I'll keep doing it."

Robson-Kanu's first goal on Saturday came from the spot and the midfielder says he was fully confident of dispatching the penalty, while he thinks his side's overall performance was their best this season.

"I practice penalties quite a lot on the training ground so it was second nature to me – I stepped up and put it in the back of the net," he explained.

"That's probably the best performance we've shown this season. We controlled the game, controlled possession and took our chances when they came.

"It wasn't a coincidence that we played like that – that's a lot of hard work on the training field, a lot of what the manager's tried to implement."

The 23-year-old also believes his already relegated side can be optimistic of returning to the Premier League next season – especially as Adkins also achieved it with Southampton last term.

"Reading have the added bonus of having done it last season," Robson-Kanu added. "The manager's done it last season as well so there are a lot of positives we can take going into next term and trying to get back up.

"Seasons come and go; this season's finished but we'll work hard in the off-season and be ready for the next one."