Defender speaks ahead of Rangers clash
Chris Gunter spoke to readingfc.co.uk this week about life under Nigel Adkins - and rewarding the fans at this Sunday's clash with QPR.
Not the result you wanted on Saturday, but an opportunity to go again this weekend against QPR?
Looking back Saturday was obviously disappointing because we lost the game, but it’s important that we carry on the way we’re trying to play. We know it’s not going to happen overnight, it’s important to carry on believing in what we’re trying to do. We come back in this week and look to build on that and look forward to another big game on Sunday.
There’s a steady progression as you say – it’s easy to see that in the performances game by game?
You can feel that on the pitch. We know it’s not going to happen overnight but that’s the way it’s going and that’s the way we’re going to try and play. However long it takes, we will get there and we will be a team that can play really good football and control games. We will get to that stage. We know there’s going to be certain times where we’re going to have to go through disappointments to get to the other side, but there’s been improvements in every game since the Arsenal game. It’s important to carry on believing in that, coupling the performances with results.
Has training been enjoyable, learning to play a slightly different way?
I think it’s the way football is going these days, we play pretty similarly with Wales and have found a lot of success in the last year or 18 months. It’s really enjoyable, you can look to control the game and it’s almost in your hands. It’s really good. We just need to carry on improving, listen to the gaffer and Cros (Andy Crosby) on the training pitch because they’ve shown in the past they’ll get it right – like they did at Southampton.
A bit about that QPR game – it’s not just playing for pride is it?
Once you step onto the pitch it doesn’t matter what’s riding on the game, you’ll guarantee every Reading player will be wanting to get the three points. That’s the case in any league game, we have a duty to ourselves and the fans who are coming to the game. On Sunday we’ll be trying to win it, looking forward to it and hopefully we can get three points for the fans.
It’ll be nice to give the fans something to cheer about in the penultimate home game?
It’s always tough when a team is promoted, you’re used to winning games more regularly and the mentality changes a little bit because you’re obviously not going to win quite as many games. It’ll be nice to put on a performance and get some points for them. They’ve stuck with us. It would make for a great afternoon.