Guthrie eager to repay Reading fans' support

The former Newcastle midfielder was recently disciplined by the Royals for refusing to travel to an away game but is keen to atone after returning to the first team
Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie says he is keen to repay the club's fans for supporting him despite his recent run-ins with manager Brian McDermott.

The 25-year-old was disciplined by the club after refusing to travel for the Royals clash with Sunderland on December 11.

However, after returning to the starting line-up for the Boxing Day draw with Swansea, the former Newcastle man has thanked supporters for their backing.

"I do feel I've got a point to prove. Obviously, it's been a difficult few weeks," he told the club's official website.

"I worked my socks off and I'll only get better. It was a really good starting point for me.

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"It was nice for the fans to give me their backing. I noticed that at [the 1-0 defeat at] Manchester City when I came on they were behind me and being at home it was nice.

"I want to kick on from here. They had a right to [jeer at me] and I was prepared for that. But it was a nice boost before the game."

The 26-year-old went on to talk up the importance of his side posting a win in their next game against West Ham, as they look to climb out of the relegation zone.

He added: "I've had a relegation battle before with Newcastle - it's not a problem for me. What's gone on has gone on and it's all in the past. We'll draw a line under it as a squad.

"Every game is a big game for us now this season. Personally, I'm just looking at 17th place and making sure they don't get too far away from us.

"At home we've got points and we need to be solid away from home - like we were at City where we were unlucky.

"West Ham is a big game. Obviously they came up last season and did well but it's an encouraging two games we've had.

"There's still belief in the squad - we don't mind what anyone says. At the end of the day, it's [17th position in the Premier League] only six points away and two games go quick in this league, so we're not at panic stations."