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Gunter: We can build on second-half performance

23 November 2014

Full-back taking the positives

Chris Gunter believes that a battling second-half performance in Cardiff leaves the Reading squad with something to build upon.

The Royals, who played for the entire second period with 10 men after Alex Pearce was sent off, were beaten 2-1 in the Welsh capital on Friday night.

And Gunter insists that the spirit and determination they displayed after the break means that they can take some positives from the loss.  

“It was a strange game,” the Welsh international told Reading FC Player.  “I thought first half we were controlling it and we looked a good team. Their goal changed it a little but we were still in control and we felt really comfortable.

“The thing just before half time made it even more difficult. In the second half, and with the spirit and character we showed, I thought we were going to get something out of it.

“There are definitely things to take forward and if we can carry on showing that kind of spirit and determination like we did in the second half then we’ll be alright.”

Pearce was dismissed just before the break for a foul on former Royal Adam Le Fondre inside the penalty area. Gunter thinks that his teammate was unfortunate to see red.

He said: “At the time, I didn’t think Alfie was going to shoot; he was taking it around Feds. I was there behind him, so Pearcey certainly wasn’t last man. The ref said he was about to shoot.

“It’s unfortunate and that made things more difficult in the second half.  We still tried to get something out of it and the character we showed is definitely something that we can take forward.”

Despite their numerical disadvantage, the Royals rallied after the break and reduced arrears through Michael Hector’s powerful shot on 81 minutes.
The grandstand finish ultimately proved fruitless but Gunter believes that his team were unfortunate to be on the losing side. 

“It was similar to Charlton two weeks ago,” he said. “We were in control, passing the ball around and moving it really well. Jordan Obita had a chance midway through the first half.

“There’s not much you can do about an own goal like that but we carried on playing. People will have picked up Saturday’s paper and seen a 2-1 defeat but if you were at the game then you would have seen that we actually played really well.”

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