Reading star says first home game against Leeds United is tough fixture

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Reading midfielder Hal Robson-Kanu comments on their first game of the season against Leeds.

The Championship fixtures were announced this week, laying out the route each side must negotiate if they want to achieve promotion.

Reading begin their season away at Birmingham City, and play their first home game of the season against Leeds United.

It was a match Reading lost last season, with Leeds pulling off an impressive 2-0 away win with goals from Luke Murphy and Sam Byram.

Reading winger Hal Robson-Kanu is confident the game is one to look forward to, hopeful the Royals will have better luck in August.

He told HITC Sport in a telephone interview: "It's important for us. They are always a tough team to play against, so it should be a good game. I think with the manager Steve Clarke, he's brought stability and focus (to us).

"It was a team effort (from Leeds in the last game), where we (both) finished last season it will be a tough game and an exciting one at that. They are going to have a few changes in the summer as well, so we'll see what happens."

Leeds have already brought in two new additions, back-up goalkeeper Charlie Horton and striker Lee Erwin, and more are expected.

Reading meanwhile have lost goalkeeper Adam Federici to Bournemouth, sold Alex Pearce to Derby County, and Robson-Kanu himself is available for transfer with one year left remaining on his contract, as HITC reported earlier this week, and no guarantee to even be at the club when the season kicks off.

Alex Pearce had been linked with a move to Leeds, as reported Get Reading before sealing his move to the iPro, and Robson-Kanu concedes the centre-back's departure is a blow to the Royals. 

He told HITC Sport: "Obviously it's a massive (loss), you can't deny the experience that Alex brought, and the passion and the commitment to the team and to the club. You can't underestimate that but again it's time for other players to step up and show what they are capable of."

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