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Gunter fully focused on planning for Preston

11 December 2015

Defender looks ahead to Deepdale trip

Reading defender Chris Gunter says that the team will be fully prepared when they travel to Deepdale to meet Preston North End this Saturday.

He paid tribute to the work of interim manager Martin Kuhl and the coaching staff at Hogwood Park, who have ensured that it is business as usual at the training ground.

“We’re footballers; our job is to come in every day and train as hard as we can and prepare for the next game – which is on Saturday [against Preston],” said Gunter.  “It’s a tough away game and one we want to win to get back on track.  That’s all the focus has been on for us this week.

“There is no other formula or alternative; come the weekend at 3 o’clock we’ll be playing a team that won’t really care about our week or the preparation we have had.  We need to make sure it’s as good as possible – and it has been.

“We have got some really good staff here that will prepare us in the right way, and experienced players in the squad that know how to deal with this type of situation.

“Everyone around the place knows Kuhly – he’s been here for years and you’d have to be a strange old person not to like him!  He’s a really easy-going guy and really well liked, and we’ve got Steven Reid, Dave Beasant and Nick Harvey here who are really good people and they want the best for Reading Football Club.

“That, along with the squad that we have and the experience and attitude of the players, then we’ve done pretty well this week.  I think the staff need a special mention – as players we turn up and train and the session is provided.  The staff have to put those sessions on and they’re the ones thinking about what to do with the players.  They have been brilliant this week and they deserve a real big mention.”

The Lilywhites have picked up some decent results recently – most notably their 2-0 away win against high-fliers Burnley at Turf Moor last Saturday.

But the Royals full-back still has plenty of confidence going into the game, as the Royals aim to register a fourth away win in the league this campaign.

He continued: “It was a long weekend.  Normally you have two or three games in six or seven games – we’ve had none in over a week!  So it’s been a little bit different – but that’s hasn’t been a bad thing.  The staff have been able to get a couple of their ideas across and it’s probably worked out quite well.

“Come the game, we will be fully ready and there will certainly be no excuses going into the game, and certainly not after the game either.

“People would have had Burnley down as a dead cert last weekend – it happens up and down the leagues in football.  Hopefully we can be the ones this week that can turn a few heads.

“We know all about Preston – they will be a strong and physical team, especially at home, and I’m sure all week they have been looking forward to the game because they’re on the back of a really good result.

“We will look at them, but we’ve got a really good squad and we’re hoping to go there and get back to our best.  I don’t think it’s far away – there are few things we need to do and hopefully we can come out on top.”

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