Hunt looks for Blackpool backlash after Peterborough blipBy Jonny Fordham
March 21, 2012
Noel Hunt dismissed Reading’s shock 3-1 defeat at Peterborough United last night as a one-off and promised that the club will bounce back at home to Blackpool on Saturday.
Royals took the lead through Hunt in the 20th minute only to concede first-half goals to George Boyd and Tyronne Barnett before Paul Taylor secured Posh’s win eight minutes from time.
Hunt, whose seventh goal this season makes him Royals’ joint-top scorer with Adam Le Fondre, said: “We gave away two sloppy goals from set-pieces and that killed us.
“That’s not us and we will work on it. It’s nothing major and we just need to tweak some things so it won’t happen again. We’re all disappointed. They had all their men in front of the ball in the second half and we were battering them.
“There are always going to be times when you concede at set-pieces, but the boys at the back have been magnificent for most of the season.
“Our defending has been exceptional for the past six months and we will get back to that on Saturday against Blackpool.
“It’s a big game and we need to get another run going again.”
Reading remain in second spot as closest rivals West Ham were held 1-1 at home to Middlesbrough.
Hunt is hoping that Royals will respond well to suffering just their sixth away defeat of the season.
He added: “It could be the kick in the bum that we need.
“Peterborough had 10 men behind the ball and there was no room in the box. We need to work around that and Saturday is a new start.”
And although Hunt netted the 200th goal during McDermott’s reign, he said: “That stat is good, but I’m gutted for the manager, who has been a revelation for this club since he came in. It doesn’t count for anything if you don’t win.
“We have to buck up our ideas for Saturday.”