Full-back gives match reaction to Fulham lossAfter Fulham came from two goals down to beat Reading 4-2 at Craven Cottage on Saturday, Royals right-back Chris Gunter said that he believes this squad has the capacity to banish the result to the history books and pick up momentum again.
In a season that has plenty of highs – including wins against Ipswich, Burnley and Middlesbrough – the turnover at Craven Cottage was a rare slump. Every team suffers setbacks of some kind or another over a marathon 46-game campaign – and the Welshman affirmed that dealing with defeat in the right manner will be vital.
“It was a strange game,” he said after full-time. “At half-time we weren’t overly pleased, but we were ahead. We made a really good start in terms of the goal, but within five or ten minutes we found ourselves behind. It’s not like us and it’s not a position we’ve been in this season, which makes it all the more disappointing.
“When you’re keeping clean-sheets and you’re looking solid, it’s never just to do with the back five. It’s everybody as a team. As a back five, we have been playing well as a unit. Sometimes it can be hard when you’re out on the pitch and without seeing the goals back to know exactly what happened. We’ll look at it as a group and look to improve. We’ve got a week to do that – that’s what we have to do, we’ve got no choice.
“You’re going to go through stages in the season when unexpected things happen – especially in this league. You wouldn’t have seen that coming today, and over the course of the season there’ll be days like this where things don’t go your way. That doesn’t mean it’s acceptable, but you have to learn to deal with it. We’ve got a group that will be able to overcome it.”
Reading have a week to prepare for the next encounter, which comes against table-toppers Brighton at Madejski Stadium.
The full-back is already looking forward to showing that the team can show their spirit when the Seagulls arrive in Berkshire.
“Over the course of the season, we’ll take the praise when it comes and when we’ve been doing well, and today we’ll take this on the chin and move on and try to bounce back next week,” Gunter continued. “It’s all about how we bounce back – we can be down and miserable about it for a day or two, and then we’ll be firmly focused and looking ahead to the weekend.
“Brighton will be a tough game. They’re there to be caught and from the bits and pieces I’ve seen this season, they look a really good team. They must have something about them to be at the top. So it’ll be a difficult afternoon and we’ll have to respond in the right way.”
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