Midfielder not resting on his laurelsDanny Guthrie is delighted with Reading’s defensive solidarity but insists that there is a lot more to come from them going forward.
The midfielder came off the bench during last weekend’s goalless draw with Middlesbrough as the Royals secured their second successive clean sheet.
And he is hoping that his side can display some additional attacking prowess and add to their four-match unbeaten run when Reading visit Fulham in the Championship on Saturday.
“Clean sheets are good and the main difference you can see with us is that our shape is really strong,” said the 27-year-old. “I still think there is a lot more to come from us with the ball, though. We can be a lot braver, pass it a lot more and go from there.
“I don’t think Fulham will be the same game as earlier in the season when we beat them 3-0. They had a really tough start and we took advantage of that. We won’t look at the last game as anything to go by and we will prepare for it like we did for Middlesbrough.
“Saturday was a good point. It was a difficult first period and obviously we had Adam to thank for some unbelievable saves late on. They’re not a bad side, are in the top six and have the same ambitions as us. It was a good test and not a bad result.”
Guthrie returned to action against Norwich last month, following a lengthy lay-off with a calf problem, and started the FA Cup victory over Huddersfield Town on January 3rd.
He said: “It’s been a really tough, frustrating season for me personally but I’m getting some minutes now and feel like I’m getting somewhere near match fitness.
“I think I can play anywhere across the middle four and even off the front. It doesn’t bother me too much. Obviously I have a favoured role where I’d prefer to play but I’m experienced enough and believe in my ability to play anywhere in midfield."