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Gunter keen to channel frustration in the right way

12 February 2017

Defender looks back on goalless draw against Barnsley

Saturday’s goalless draw at home against Barnsley felt like a disappointing return for the Royals’ efforts for defender Chris Gunter.

Reading spent large spells camped in the Tykes half – and skipper Gunter himself even had a penalty shout turned down as the home side flooded the box in search of that breakthrough goal.

But it all adds to the tally – and with the visitors offering a threat on the break, Gunter was also cognisant of the fact that Barnsley could have snatched all three.

“It’s disappointing when you dominate a game, especially when you’re at home and you just can’t break through,” said Gunter.

“But in those type of games, if you can’t win then it’s important not to lose.  We’ll take the point and move on to Tuesday.

“I think it was obvious from the beginning what they came for – if we’d offered them a point before the game they would have been happy to take it. They came to sit in, look to play for set pieces and on the break and that’s how the game panned out.

“You can’t win them all; there’s been times when we haven’t played as well or created that much pressure or that many chances and we’ve still won and there will be more of those between now and the end of the season.

“Obviously we wanted to win the game when we’re at home but it’s important not to get too frustrated.  It extends our unbeaten run slightly.  We’ll be in tomorrow and we’ll look at what we can do better as always. We’ll look at some of the good stuff we did and we’ll look to move forwards, and regardless of the result that’s what we always do.”

And with another game coming as early as this Tuesday, Gunter won’t allow frustration to eke in; as usual, it’ll be all about playing the right way and using that as a platform to try and get the right result.

“Between now and the end of the season we’ll need to play well, and not only think ‘get the win’,” he continued.  “There’s always two teams who both want to win, so we always focus on the performance.  There were some good things today and some things we can do better and hopefully if we can continue that we can pick up more points.
“Initially after the game we’re frustrated because we were the team on top, especially in the second half we were pushing forward. But we realise if we can do that in games then more often than not the goals will come and that’s been the case this season.

“There’s going to be times when we do get frustrated and we don’t get what we want but that is this league and it’s about how we respond.

“Before you know it we’ll be back on that pitch on Tuesday and today will be long in the past. It’s important that we recover, we respect the point and we move on. If we can pick up maximum points on Tuesday then four points from two games in three days will be an okay return.”

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