Defender targets back-to-back winsChris Gunter is looking for Reading to build some momentum with the busy Christmas period fast approaching.
Starting on Saturday against Bolton, the Royals face six games in 28 days. The last time Wanderers visited Berkshire, however, a rampant performance saw Nigel Adkins’ men run out 7-1 winners.
And Gunter believes that if they can follow up last Saturday's hard-fought victory at Norwich City with another three points, then it will stand them in good stead for the festive fixtures.
“Funnily enough I was thinking about that Bolton result earlier in the week,” said the Welsh international. “It will be tough game on Saturday. They have picked up, especially in the last month or two. It’s nice to get back home and hopefully we can follow up the Norwich victory and get on a run.
“You don’t need many results to kick start a bit of momentum and it was brilliant result on Saturday. If we can back that up against Bolton then we can go into the Christmas period; a busy run of games, with a couple of good results behind us.
“We’ve always said that once we’ve got some momentum then we can carry that on and see where it takes us. Saturday is a perfect way to continue from last weekend and hopefully we can do that for everyone at the club.”
Last weekend’s 2-1 success at Norwich was the Royals’ second on the road this season. And Gunter was full of praise for two-goal Jake Cooper – both defensively and offensively.
He said: “Coops was brilliant and he has been every time he’s played this season. Sometimes when a young players comes in, they need a little bit of advice but with Coops you just let him get on with it.
“He’s quite mature for his age and everyone was delighted for him to get two goals, and its extra special when you win the game as well. Even if he hadn’t had scored two goals, I thought his performance overall probably merited man of the match.
“Any time you win is part relief but we were really happy after we put a lot of work into the game. That result has been coming for a while. It was a long 90 minutes and I thought we deserved it on the day. We defended really well and we’ll look to do that against Bolton on Saturday.”
The club’s U21 side thrashed Aston Villa 5-1 on Monday evening, which pleased all of the coaching and playing staff.
“Most weeks they come and train with us and we know that there are a lot of good players playing for them,” Gunter said. “A lot of the boys that played in the week have been training with us all season.
“It was a brilliant result for them and it’s great when they’re on a high when they come back and train with us. It pushes everyone along.”