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Gunter wants Royals to continue focus against Forest

21 April 2017

Reading full-back previews meeting with former club at the City Ground...

Royals defender Chris Gunter says Reading need to continue their focus this weekend as the team look consolidate their position in the top six.

The right-back believes if the squad continue to focus on the short term, then a third straight win could be on the cards, having picked up back to back wins in 48 hours over the Easter weekend.

“We need to focus on ourselves and have the confidence that if we play well and stick to our game plan then we will have a really good chance,” said Gunter. “It is going to be a difficult afternoon, they need the points just as much as us.

“The word focus is used because everyone wants to talk about the play-offs and what could come and what could happen over the next month or so. We need to worry about what is coming up immediately we can’t be thinking about games in a few weeks’ time because the only one we can control is the next one.

“We focus on the training and the game on Saturday and don’t let your mind wander because when you do that that when you cause yourself problems, admitted the Welsh international. “We need to concentrate on what we have now, and at the minute we seem to be really good at doing that.”

Saturday will see Gunter return to his former club as Reading look to put another three points on the Championship table, but despite their lowly position, the full-back knows Forest will pose a big threat at home.

The City Ground has seen Forest claim wins over Newcastle, Leeds, Brighton and most recently Huddersfield this season, so a victory in the midlands at the weekend looks far form straight forward for Gunter and his colleagues. 

“I always enjoy going back there,” said the defender. “It was my first club where I played a lot of games consistently and really felt like an important first team player, they gave me that chance.

“You only need to look back the last couple of weeks when the beat Huddersfield to know that they are more than capable of beating a team that has been near the top of the table for the majority of the season.

“On their day they can be a very good side, they haven’t been down at the bottom of the table for the whole season and they’ve had some really good performance too,” Gunter continued. “We know it won’t be an easy afternoon.”

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