Le Fondre calls for 'strong' Reading display against Stoke

The 26-year-old is wary of a "horrible atmosphere" at the Britannia Stadium but believes his side can come away with an important result if they produce a "resolute" performance

Reading striker Adam Le Fondre has urged his side to be "strong and resolute" if they want to secure vital points against Stoke City this weekend.

The Royals have lost just once in eight games in all competitions, with manager Brian McDermott and Le Fondre receiving plaudits  in the form of the Manager of the Month and Player of the Month awards for January.

The run has seen Reading climb from the bottom of the table and build up a two-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone, but Le Fondre is wary of the tough challenge awaiting his side at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

"It's Stoke - you go there and it's a horrible atmosphere because their fans are fantastic,” Le Fondre told BBC Radio Berkshire.

“It's going to be tough for us - like every game in this league. We've just got to go there, be strong and resolute and hopefully get the points.

"Their goalkeeper is fantastic. [Asmir] Begovic is in great form, but hopefully I'll get a chance to see what he's made of.”

The 26-year-old - who has scored 10 goals in 23 Premier League games this term - is also aware of being under the spotlight in the wake of his recent impressive form, although he believes he is the type of player to thrive under it.

"I'm sure there will be added pressure now but I'm not the sort of player who feels pressure - I welcome it,” he continued.

“I've worked really hard on my game to improve myself and it just shows that what you put in, you get out. I want to start games but I'm just buzzing that I'm scoring goals - it's all about the team."