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Alfie: We must be strong

8 February 2013

Le Fondre urges Royals to be resolute

Adam Le Fondre says strength and resolve will give the Royals the best chance of returning from Stoke with the right result.

After picking up the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month award for January, Le Fondre says he feels no extra pressure ahead of a tricky trip to Staffordshire.

Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire, Alfie said: "Their goalkeeper is fantastic. Begovic is in great form, but hopefully I'll get a chance to see what he's made of.

"It's Stoke - you go there and it's a horrible atmosphere because their fans are fantastic. It's going to be tough for us - like every game in this league. We've just got to go there, be strong and resolute and hopefully get the points.

"I'm sure there will be added pressure now but I'm not the sort of player who feels pressure - I welcome it. I've worked really hard on my game to improve myself and it just shows that what you put in, you get out. I want to start games but I'm just buzzing that I'm scoring goals - it's all about the team."

Former Stoke man Brynjar Gunnarsson echoed Alfie's thoughts, and says the Royals will have to stand up to Tony Pulis' side who have consistently performed in the top-flight - now in their fifth season.

He told Reading FC Player, "I think we know what you get with Stoke these days. They've been in the Premier League for years now and haven't changed the way they have played.

"They're very much settled in the way they play and we know what we're gonna get. We just have to stand up to them and be strong - and make sure that when we have the ball we get something from it.

"There's not many old faces there! It's just the kitman, tea lady - and Pulis," he added. He deserves a lot of credit - he did well to get them up and then the first year or two is always difficult but they are safe around mid table and they'll probably take that at the end of the season."

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