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Pogrebnyak admits City fear

Friday 21st December 2012 20:34

Pavel Pogrebynak: Hoping Reading will not concede 10 goals against Manchester City

Pavel Pogrebynak: Hoping Reading will not concede 10 goals against Manchester City

Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak admits he is afraid of visiting Manchester City in the Premier League and hopes his side can avoid a humiliating defeat.

The Royals are rock-bottom of the table ahead of Saturday's trip to the defending champions and have lost their last six games on the bounce.

Pogrebnyak knows manager Brian McDermott needs to find a solution and believes the journey to the Etihad Stadium will be a daunting one.

"Maybe I'm influenced by my emotions but we're a bit afraid of travelling to Manchester," the Russian told Sovsport.ru. "At least I'm (afraid).

"I hope we don't concede 10 goals (on Saturday). I hope our manager will find something."

The 29-year-old frontman acknowledges the Royals, who lost 5-2 at home to Arsenal on Monday night, have not been playing well and feels something has to be done.

"Is it time for a change? As I see the situation it's high time for a change and it has been for a long time but it's not me who should be targeted with this question," he said.

"Not only on Monday but we've been playing badly for a long time.

"But we don't give up the fight. Unfortunately we haven't been able to show more than this so far."

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