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25 November 2013

Welsh full back takes heart from second half

Chris Gunter believes the Royals can take heart from their second half performance at Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon. 

The Royals were second best in the opening period against Blackburn, but after a switch to a five man midfield at the break - looked much more of a threat in the final 45 minutes.

"I thought first half we were poor, we never really got going," said Gunter. "They hit the woodwork and dominated. Then we changed our shape at half time, came out and really had a go. I thought we were the better team second half and were unlucky not to get something more, but it's a clean sheet away from home and something we can build on next week."

The 24-year-old was at the heart of the game's most controversial moment as he received a booking for diving after a strong looking penalty claim, which came about after some typically neat interplay with close friend Garath McCleary.

"I knew at the time it was a penalty, I've seen it on the video and it looks even worse there. These things happen and hopefully over the course of the season they'll even themselves out.  The referee said he would get in touch with me next week and have a look at it - I think when he sees it he'll have to apologise.

"Myself and Garath have been playing together for a number of years now - I know when to leave him and let him attack his full back, I really enjoyed playing with him. He's been a massive threat for us all season and whenever I can back him up and help him I'll try and do it."

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