Hunt backs strikeforceBy Nick Ive
August 21, 2008
Noel Hunt has sung the praises of Reading’s strike force, despite them firing two successive blanks.
Kevin Doyle and Leroy Lita have been paired together for both Championship matches.
Royals drew 0-0 with Forest in their opener and had to rely on central defender Ibrahima Sonko grabbing both goals against Plymouth.
It means Hunt and Shane Long have yet to start a league match this season.
But Hunt has no complaints. He said: “The boys worked so, so hard on Saturday. It was because of that we got the corners that led to the goals – they never stopped.
“On another day if Stack hadn’t been so good then Lita would have got a couple of goals. He made some great saves.
“They really are playing for the team and doing a great job. I have to be patient, so I’m just keeping my head down, working hard and I’ll see what happens.”
The departure of 6ft 3ins Dave Kitson to Stoke City for £5.5million means Royals have a lack of height up front.
But Hunt doesn’t reckon that will be a problem.
“To be fair Shane is quite big and good in the air and I can win stuff in the air,” insisted the £600,000 summer signing from Dundee United.
“I don’t think the boys lost many headers. I don’t think the height is a big factor because we all have attributes. We all have a good spring.”
Hunt, who suffered a black eye after coming on as a late sub against Argyle, scored in Reading reserves 3-0 win over Southampton on Monday night and he added: “It went all right. It was a good run-out and good to get 90 minutes because it was another step towards full fitness.
“I’m getting there. I think I’m still a bit behind the boys because I missed 10 days of pre-season with a thigh strain and then I had a bit of flu, which killed me for a few days.”