Pogrebnyak targets top eight

Reading striker hopes to build on opening day draw

Pavel Pogrebnyak: Says Reading must perform both at home and away

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Pavel Pogrebnyak may have only been at Reading for a matter of weeks, but the striker has already stated his firm desire to secure a top-eight finish with his new club this season.

The Russia striker scored six goals to guide Fulham to a ninth place finish last season after joining from Stuttgart in January, but hopes to go at least one better after turning down a deal at the West London club to join newly-promoted Reading on a free transfer.

Pogrebnyak played 77 minutes of Reading's opening day draw with Stoke City, and the 28-year-old feels that the club should have greater ambitions than simply Premier League survival.

"I'd like the team to fight for a top-eight position but we have to be realistic," the striker told www.soccer.ru.

"In order to get in the best eight we have to win not only at home but also our away games.

"I don't want to even think about fighting in the second part of the table."