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Gunter gives rallying call to relegated Reading

Chris Gunter insists Reading want to bow out of the Premier League with spirited displays against Fulham, Manchester City and West Ham.

The Berkshire club were relegated following last Sunday’s goalless draw against QPR, a result that also ensured Harry Redknapp’s side drop down to the Championship.

Next up for Reading is a trip to Craven Cottage on Saturday and Gunter is determined to end the season on a high in their remaining three games, despite the disappointment of failing to safeguard the club’s top-flight status.

“We want to get three wins – that’s all we can do, ” the defender told the club’s official website.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re playing to win a league – once you’re on the pitch as a footballer you just want to win the game.

“We’re never going to have a player on the pitch who isn’t trying.

“We’ve got three games left with our fans coming to watch us play so we need to try and win those for ourselves and for the fans.”

Nigel Adkins is still waiting for his first victory in charge of Reading and Gunter feels the arrival of the former Southampton manager has had a positive impact since his arrival.

“It has been difficult for us all season really,” reflected Gunter.

“But the last few weeks have been better than the last few months. We need to give ourselves the best chance to win games and in the last few weeks, we have been doing that.

“We haven’t been able to get the results but it has felt a lot better.

“I think everyone can see what has changed on the pitch. It looks a lot better and feels a lot better.”
Thu 2 May, 2013
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