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Gunter: “We can show our character and resilience”

21 October 2016

Defender previews a weekend visit to New York Stadium

“We’ll go there and respect them – we’re in no position where we can think that because they are on a poor run of results that we have got any given right to win the game,” explained Reading right-back Chris Gunter, ahead of our weekend trip to Rotherham United.

At time of writing, the Millers are yet to appoint a new boss at New York Stadium after parting company with Alan Stubbs on Wednesday.

“But we’ll completely focus on ourselves and if we can perform to how we have done in the past, and we do the things we’re told to do, then we give ourselves a massive chance of getting three points.

“It’s an important game for us now to bounce back from a last-minute goal, and we can show our character and resilience to come back from a disappointing evening.  That last minute defeat will seem a long way away, and we’ll be looking forward again.”

The 27-year-old has worn the captain’s armband for each of the last two matches in the absence of regular skipper Paul McShane – and he has been happy to perform that leader’s role on the pitch as he does around the club as a whole.

“In terms of that 90 minutes on a Saturday, people are sometimes looking for players to be running around the pitch shouting and screaming – but that doesn’t really happen at most teams,” he continued.

“Not just as a captain, but throughout the team it is important to have people who are setting examples from Monday to Friday, and do the things that people don’t see.  We’re fortunate that we have a lot of them.

“People probably wouldn’t know, but that’s why we come in every day and work with a lot of good players and staff that set the right example.  That can only help on the weekend, and in that respect we’re really fortunate.”

Reading haven’t quite been able to convert dominance in games into results in recent weeks – most recently against Aston Villa on Tuesday, when their control over possession and the tempo of play wasn’t met with any due reward.

But he is confident that their style of play will continue to get more and more effective as they continue to fine-tune the details and if they can execute the game-plan well.

“That’s the way we want to play this season and that is the manager’s beliefs, and that’s something that we’re enjoying in the squad,” Gunter continued.

“We’re not daft – we know that sometimes people get annoyed or frustrated when we keep the ball and we don’t force it, and we got back and keep possession instead of trying to go forward and force it.

“But we’re a better team and the games this season are good evidence of that when we’re in control of the game and we’re doing it well – that gives us the best chance to get results.

“Any style of play is based on how well you do it.  So when we’re playing in this style and we’re not doing it as well as we can, then of course there are times when it can be better.  But it doesn’t mean it’s the wrong style – it just means we need to do it better.  That’s important to remember. 

“And over the course of the season we’ll continue to get better at it, and with the information we’re given we will be sure to do that.  Hopefully our performances will improve as we go through the season and we can pick up a steady knock of results.”

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