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We're excited for Fulham, says Gunter

15 January 2015

Tickets in demand among players and fans

Chris Gunter says that the Reading squad are looking forward to Saturday’s game at Fulham just as much as the supporters are.

The Royals will be backed by their biggest away following of the season at the weekend, as Steve Clarke’s men bid to make it five games unbeaten.

And the full-back, who played 90 minutes in Reading’s 4-2 win at Craven Cottage in May 2013, hopes that the backing of the fans will enable them to record their second successive away victory.

“It’s only as short trip and all of the boys are asking around one another for tickets,” the Welshman revealed. “If we can replicate what we did there a couple of years ago, then it could be a great afternoon for us.

“We will go there full of confidence and looking to build on what we have done, carry on this unbeaten run and keep going from strength to strength.  

“We said we wanted to put a run together, and there have obviously been a couple of draws, but it’s nice to say that we’re unbeaten at the moment. As nice as that is, though, we want to extend it and see how long we can go.

“When you are on a run it brings a certain amount of confidence and we want to keep that going on Saturday.”

Since the arrival of Clarke as manager, Gunter has returned to his more familiar position of right-back.

He said: “Wherever you’re asked to play, you get your head down and do your best but naturally I’m a right-back. When the gaffer came in he said he was going to move me back over and it has worked out well.

“I’ve enjoyed it and keeping some clean sheets is good for the back four and Feds. We’re going into games now and feeling that we can be solid. If we can nick a goal or two then it’s good for everyone.”

Last weekend’s goalless draw with Middlesbrough owed a lot to goalkeeper Adam Federici, and Gunter is thrilled to line up alongside the Australian on a weekly basis. 

“We have always been lucky, since I’ve been at the club, with Feds, Alex and Mikkel,” he said. “We know that if something goes past us then Feds will be there nine times out of ten.

“We all look to back each other up. Mikkel played in the FA Cup last week and did his work brilliantly. The easier we can make it for the goalkeeper, the better but if they do make it past us then we know that we’ve got two really good goalkeepers that can get us out of trouble.”

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