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Gunter hails squad depth

17 September 2015

Defender looks ahead to Ashton Gate visit

Ahead of the Royals’ visit to Bristol City on Saturday, Chris Gunter lauded the strength in depth that manager Steve Clarke has at his disposal.

Striker Orlando Sa – who has started all seven league games to date – will serve the first of his three suspended games, paving the way for someone else to step in to a starting role at Ashton Gate.  And defender Gunter feels that everyone will have a part to play during a busy few weeks, including the summer arrivals.

“With games on Saturday, Tuesday and next weekend as well, the games come around very quickly,” said Gunter.  “And with Orlando being suspended we are going to need our squad, we’re going to need everybody at some point.

“The new lads have all settled in really well in training and they’ve shown exactly what they can do and it must be brilliant for the manager to see all these types of players come in.  Our job as the boys that were here already was to make it as easy as possible for them to settle in and we normally do quite well at that, we’ve got a good team spirit and hopefully whoever comes in on Saturday can do a good job for us we can start picking up more points.”

The Robins, promoted as League 1 champions last year, currently occupy a relegation spot in the early weeks of the new Championship season after enduring a tough start.  Meanwhile a good run of unbeaten results came to an end in midweek for Reading and the Welshman is eyeing the opportunity to pick up where they left off.

“Nothing too much will change from our point of view as a squad in preparation for the Bristol City game – we focus on our performance and we’ll treat them the same as anybody else,” continued Gunter.  “We’ll have a look at what their strengths are and see if there is anything we can do to benefit us.

“They’ve come up and done brilliantly last season and it will be another difficult away game in the Championship.  So as much as what the opposition do it’s about us and how we perform, and if we can do that then we are confident we can come away with a positive result.

“When you’re on a good run you’ve got to make it last as long as possible knowing at some point it is going to come to an end and as soon as it finishes the aim is to start a new one.  We know in this league there are always games close together, so we know it gives us a chance to get here and get a positive result.

“Hopefully then it can be the start of another positive run, one game isn’t going to change our feelings going into it.  If we can come away with a good result we look forward then to another busy week next week.”

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