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HITTING THE ROAD

Posted on 9 November 2006  - 12:00

Robbie Keane believes the team are in a confident frame of mind as they prepare to battle for a first away win of the season in the Premiership at Reading on Sunday.

Robbie Keane believes the team are in a confident frame of mind as they prepare to battle for a first away win of the season in the Premiership at Reading on Sunday.

We travel down the M4 to the Madejski Stadium on the back of an ten-match unbeaten sequence that includes eight wins, boosted by a victory over the champions last Sunday and Carling Cup progress on Wednesday.

Adding a maximum away day return is the next objective.

"Exactly, but players don't really think about that and just concentrate on the next game - this time Reading," reasoned Robbie. "Hopefully with confidence now flowing through the side we can win this one."

Reading haven't added any points to their tally over the last four games, but it should be pointed out that the fixtures were against three of last season's top four, plus a resurgent Portsmouth.

"They have come through some tough games recently, but luckily for them they got off to a good start and they are not down there," pondered the striker.

"I have watched them a few times this season and have been very impressed with them, they play some good football and Steve Coppell has been a tremendous manager over the years.

"He'll have them right up for it after their defeats and they will be confident, as we will be."

In opposition will be a player Robbie said has taken quite a leap since turning out for Cork City in his homeland. Kevin Doyle was snapped up by Reading in the summer of 2005 and responded with a goal tally of 23 in 54 starts, with which came international recognition.

"He is a good player and his is a great story. Kevin is someone who under a couple of years ago was playing League of Ireland football.

"To make the transition he has over to Reading and play to the standards he has for both them and Ireland is brilliant. Full credit to him, it is big step up and he has taken it with no problem."