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Welsh duo pleased with battling performance

24 February 2016

Gunter and Robson-Kanu satisfied with Reading's hard earned victory

Reading and Wales duo Chris Gunter and Hal Robson-Kanu both praised Reading’s battling display at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening as the Royals overcame Rotherham 1-0 in a physical encounter.

Gunter however, said the team knew what kind of game to expect against the Millers and was pleased with the way the team earned the three points, especially off the back of Saturday’s memorable FA Cup victory.

"We knew it was going to be different to Saturday which had the feeling of a big cup game ,Tuesday night’s after a big occasion are always difficult but we battled well to get the win,” said Gunter.

“It was never going to be a pretty game, we knew that from the beginning because even though they’re down near the bottom, they’re scrapping for their lives.

The Royals full-back underlined the importance of Reading’s defensive record in recent weeks and believes that it is a base from which the team is trying to build some momentum.

“I think some people were expecting us to turn up and score a couple of goals, but unfortunately football doesn’t always work like that, it’s important we got the three points and the clean sheet,” reflected the Welshman.

“It was the kind of game that if you keep a clean sheet that one chance or opportunity which we got and ended up scoring. It makes a difference because we had a spell when we ended up giving the first goal away which makes it tough for the rest of the game.”

The Wales international pointed out Reading’s impressive home form with the Royals unbeaten at Madejski Stadium in 2016, form that Gunter wants the squad to now take with them on the road. 

“Our record here is good especially after the turn of the year. We wanted to build on the last two league home games when we got clean sheets but couldn’t find the winning goal ad obviously last weekend we scored three really good goals. We’re trying to build a bit of momentum here and with these results now we are doing that game by game and if we can now move onto the weekend and back up the last two weeks or so with another win we will be in a decent place.”

Goal scorer on the night, Hal Robson-Kanu, was pleased to get on the scoresheet, but hailed a solid team performance in the face of a physical opponent in Rotherham.

“I try to get myself into attacking areas, I’ve been creating a lot recently but it was nice to get on the end of one,” said the forward. “Most importantly it’s a team game and it was a great team performance and the team deserved the win.”

“It was important to do the job against Rotherham and that’s what we did. It was a physical game and we had to handle that and we dealt with it very well, we kept our heads and in the end we showed our quality which was important. In the early part of the season it was in these type of games that maybe we didn’t pick up the points that we should have, but we did against Rotherham which will give us confidence going forward.”

The striker feels the work rate the Royals have shown all over the pitch has been a key factor in the upturn of the club’s fortunes in recent weeks, which is something Brian McDermott has instilled since his arrival.

“We’re working very hard all over the pitch, we have to do it week in, week out, which is what the manager here is trying to establish and the boys are starting to get to grips with it, so it was an important result today.

“One thing with Brian’s teams is they always finish the season strongly, hopefully we’ll do that again this year and we’ll see where we’ll end up.”

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