Defender looks ahead to Robins fixture
Royals defender Chris Gunter hopes that the club’s supporters can continue to give their energy and belief to the Reading team in the New Year, starting when Bristol City visit Madejski Stadium on Saturday (2nd January, 3pm).
It represents the first game of 2016, and a chance to open the new calendar year on a high. The Royals supporters were in fine voice for the last fixture against Brentford, but ultimately went home disappointed as the Bees triumphed 2-1. But the Welshman is hopeful that the home backing continues and helps to inspire the team.
“We need the fans – when your legs start to tire and the fans are behind you, it makes a difference,” explained Gunter. “Fans don’t always realise how important they are – over the course of this season they have really helped us. We just ask them to stick with us and help us end this run as soon as possible.
“I’m sure they will turn up on Saturday and be right behind us, and they’ll want to see their team get three points as much as we do.”
The Royals full-back feels that they will be in for another battle when Bristol City arrive on Saturday – but that the team are perfectly capable of securing the right result if they continue to put in positive performances.
He explained: “In this league, you need to make the most of it when you’re on a good run – things that don’t bounce for you, like in our last two games, start to go for you. It’s up to us and we need to end this bad run that we’re on as soon as possible.
“With games in quick succession, we’ll be back at Madejski Stadium before long – it’s another game on Saturday and it’s a good chance for more points.
“Regardless of where a team is positioned, it is always going to be a fight and a scrap. We’re at home so we’re going to make sure that we try to win the game. If we perform as we did against Brentford, over the course of the game against Bristol City I am sure we’ll come away with something.
“There is not a lot that you can do other than keep working as hard as you can, and have that belief that if you maintain that decent performance-level, then over the remaining games we will pick up more points than we have over the last few.
“We need to focus on results; but if you start just trying to get results, and not focusing on performances, then it will be a long second half of the season. We need to carry on working and I have that belief it will turn.
“The atmosphere was really good against Brentford – and given that it was the second game in quick succession, I thought the pace of the game was really good. We need to recover now, and Bristol City will be looking at it as a chance to come here and take points from team that isn’t in a good run, and we’ll be saying the same about them.
“So come Saturday at 5 o’clock, we need to make sure that we’re the team that has got the points and we can end this little run that we’re on.”