Royals full-back wants home win over Wolves
Royals defender Chris Gunter is looking forward to a run of home games at Madejski Stadium, and feels Reading can begin to build some momentum with a win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
The full-back wants the team to put the disappointing result from Tuesday night behind them and believes there is no better way of doing that than getting three points on their own patch against Wolves - the first of four consecutive home fixtures.
“There’s nothing better than to look forward to a run of home games,” said Gunter. “Starting the first one this weekend where a good performance and result is really important, knowing that we’ve got a couple more games coming up back at home.
"It’s our job to make sure we’re ready for a difficult test. It should be a different scenario now we’re playing at home, so it’s a good chance for us. We played okay at Wolves earlier in the season and the fact that we’re at home will help us impose our style of play."
Gunter feels the Royals have shown some promising signs at home in recent weeks and feels it is just a matter of sustaining their level of performance over 90 minutes that will be the difference.
“At home over the last few weeks we’ve had some spells at where it hasn’t been fantastic but there have also been long spells where we play really well," he continued. "It’s about consistency and making sure we play to the right level from the first whistle to the last.
“It’s great to have a run of home games coming up - just recently we had three away games in seven days! It’s a good chance for us to try and build some momentum.”
The Welsh international is hopeful the fans will get behind the Royals on Saturday, and had high praise for those who had followed them home and away this season, emphasising the difference they make to the team.
“We need the fans to be as positive as they can be," Gunter said. "I was a football fan before I was playing, and I know there are times when it’s tough to be a fan both emotionally when watching the team and financially getting to the games.
"The fans have been great this season and after Tuesday night we were sitting in the dressing room gutted with the result, but also gutted for the fans getting on the coaches who had to make the journey back.
“As a fan and player, you want your team to win every week. Unfortunately we haven’t done that this season by any stretch, but we want to start turning that around against Wolves."