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Gunter ready for the challenge

Chris Gunter ready for the fight in the final three games…

20 April 2018

Chris Gunter is ready and raring to go ahead of the Royals’ next big test against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.

And off the back a huge point against relegation-threatened Sunderland last-time out at Madejski Stadium, the experienced defender is determined to fight until the end to ensure Reading’s status in the Championship next season.

“We know the importance of these final three games,” explained Reading’s number two.

“It’s a situation that we want to keep in our own hands, and to do that, we know that we have to go to Hillsborough and get a result.”

“We know Sheffield Wednesday is a tough place to go. We’ve been there already this season in the cup.

“If we go there and play to the levels that we know we are capable of, then we are confident that we can come away with the points that we need.”

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With their place in the Championship mathematically secured for next season, Wednesday can play without pressure.

However, Gunter warned about complacency and explained that, in many ways, playing without pressure could encourage Wednesday to play more freely – presenting a number of threats at the back.

He went on to say: “Some teams playing with less pressure might enjoy it more and bring out a better performance, whereas, it can go the other way where teams are too relaxed.

“As players, we have probably all been in the position that Sheffield Wednesday have, where there is nothing really to play for in terms of the league.

“Regardless of what team we are playing and what position they are in, given the situation we are in, we want the points more than anyone else.”

The defender also spared a thought for the new boss, and he explained about the changes that he has implemented since coming in last month.

“We’ve tried to work on being a little bit more compact as a team and people staying a little bit closer to each other.

“Once you get that win, which we did in the managers first game, confidence can quickly grow and that goes to show, because we did it again the week after.

“That’s been the big thing – we started well with him and we’ve gone on from there.

“I think we can still play better and do the things that he is asking of us better, but generally it has gone well so far and now we’ve got three games to raise our performance levels and keep a steady run of points as we’ve been doing.”


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