Lita ready to prove himself

Striker holds his hands up for Cup penalty miss

Lita: Eager to prove

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Reading's Leroy Lita has said he will have no problem battling for a regular place in The Royals' starting line-up.

The striker suffered from the penalty spot when he blazed over the bar during Reading's Carling Cup exit against Stoke City.

But he is adamant he will bounce back to regain his place that has seen manager Steve Coppell preferring Shane Long, Noel Hunt and Kevin Doyle before the 23-year-old.

"I've spoken to the gaffer about my situation, but I understand the team has been doing well and the gaffer's got to do the best thing for the team," he told the club's website.

"Everyone wants to play as much as they can but I've just got to keep training hard.

"I'm not worried about my future because I know there's only one person who can turn around my position - me.

"Strong characters always come back and I'm a strong character."

Heartbreak

Looking back on the Carling Cup exit to Premier League newcomers Stoke, Lita suffered the heartbreak of not converting the decisive penalty in the shoot-out.

"It was my mistake and I want to put my hands up for it.

"I decided to go for power down the middle because their keeper was going early, bit I just miss hit it," he added.