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Bond aims for form turnaround against Tigers

15 December 2015

Royals 'keeper wants to get back to winning ways on Humberside

Royals shot stopper Jonathan Bond is aiming for a turnaround in form at high flying Hull on Wednesday evening, feeling that Reading need to work hard and show their quality.

“We’ve worked hard in training, but the results have not been good enough lately and neither have some of our performances so for that we apologise to the fans,” said Bond.  “We are working really hard to try and turn this run of form around and are aiming to start that at Hull.

“I feel we have the quality in our squad to make the top six if not more.  It’s up to us to turn our form around and prove it to people.  It will take a run of form to push us back up there but I believe we can do it.”

Bond, who started for the first time since Reading’s 2-1 away win to Burnley in late September, was pleased to be back in the side at Preston last Saturday.  Only Joe Garner's spot-kick beat him on his return to the starting berth.

The Royals 'keeper feels there is a healthy competition for a place between the sticks with teammate Ali-Al Habsi, and that the strong team spirit in the dressing room means the Reading can overcome the difficult run of form.

He continued: “It’s good to be back in the team; Ali has done really well whilst I was injured, so he deservedly kept his place.  We’re both confident in our ability and it's good healthy competition between us.  I try and be there and always try to be alert and ready when I’m called upon.

“We need to stick together and I feel we have the quality and the characters to get out of this difficult situation we find ourselves in with this run of form.”

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