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Gunter on the benefits of a cup run

Full-back says progress can increase excitement around the club

24 January 2018

Chris Gunter says a run in the FA Cup can be of benefit to the club as we begin the final few months of the season.

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Gunter was one of the squad to reach the semi-finals of the grand old competition with the Royals back in 2015, and he has first-hand experience of the buzz that can surround the FA Cup.

Speaking ahead of the game, he said: "It's a good game for us. In the past couple of years we've taken the FA Cup quite seriously and we've had some decent runs.

"It's a good chance for us to go there and get a good result, and get through to the next round.

"The winner goes through but the replay is there if you need it, it has a slightly different feel to it in the cup but we'll be going there as ever and trying to win it."

Gunter made it to the semi-finals with the Royals by beating Bradford City in a quarter-final replay in 2015.

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He admitted that the anticipation surrounding the competition among fans can be slightly muted in the early rounds, but he's aware of how quickly that can change as clubs approach the latter stages of the tournament.

"It's a competition that, in the early stages, it's not the greatest excitement amongst the fans sometimes. But if you can win a few games you can see quite quickly, as we have in the past here, before you know it you're playing for a place in the quarter-finals or semi-finals.

"It's a nice one for us, it's different from the league and we're presented with these chances to do well in it.

"We'll go in there with a good feeling and hopefully it'll be the start of a good weekend for us."

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