Danny Guthrie aims to repay Royals fans
Danny Guthrie says he has a point to prove to Royals fans after returning to the starting XI for a hard fought draw with Swansea City.
The 25-year-old midfielder has also vowed to use his experience of previous top flight campaigns to help his side survive in the Barclays Premier League.
"I do feel I've got a point to prove. Obviously, it's been a difficult few weeks. I worked my socks off today and I'll only get better. It was a really good starting point for me today,” he said.
"It was nice for the fans to give me their backing. I noticed that at Man City when I came on they were behind me and being at home it was nice. I want to kick on from here. They had a right to (jeer at me) and I was prepared for that. But it was a nice boost before the game.
"I've had a relegation battle before with Newcastle - it's not a problem for me. What's gone on has gone on and it's all in the past. We'll draw a line under it as a squad.
"I just want to play football and enjoy myself. Every game is a big game for us now this season. We are where we are, we know what we've got to do. Personally, I'm just looking at 17th place and making sure they don't get too far away from us.”
Next up, a home clash with West Ham United – and Guthrie feels Brian McDermott’s men have a platform to build on.
"At home we've got points and we need to be solid away from home - like we were at City where we were unlucky. West Ham is a big game. Obviously they came up last season and did well but it's an encouraging two games we've had.
“There's still belief in the squad - we don't mind what anyone says on the TV. At the end of the day it's only six points away and two games go quick in this league so we're not at panic station. Kev (Nolan) is a good friend of mine - I was with him a few years. It will be nice to see him and hopefully get one over on him!”