Readingâ€™s young winger Stephen Hunt is hoping to score against one of his heroes, fellow Irishman Shay Given on Saturday afternoon when Reading take on Newcastle United at the Madejski Stadium.
The Ireland internationals go head to head at Reading this weekend as Newcastle look to improve their away record with all three points from Reading.
And Stephen Hunt is only too willing to make it a miserable afternoon for his countryman, Shay.
Stephen Hunt and Shay Given – team mates on duty for Ireland
Speaking to Reading’s official website, Stephen said:
“I would love to score against Shay or at least get a few shots at him.â€ “He gives me a bit of stick in the international games so it would be nice to score against him, but the most important thing is we win and the team goes forward.â€
“He is obviously a hero back home in Ireland as well so I will just do my best for Reading and not think about him until we meet up afterwards.”
Hunt watched the game on TV, when Newcastle beat Spurs 3-1 on Monday night â€“ and he added:
“I watched them on Monday night and they won the game without playing well.â€
“They will have some players back from injury againâ€ â€œViduka is important to them and if he is fit he will play I am sure, but the most important thing is we go about our game and try to get three points and play some entertaining football.”
Reading are a great club and to us have one of the finest unheralded managers in England in Steve Coppell. They did very well last year and one thing you can never accuse a Steve Coppell side of is not giving 100% effort. They have shown that in spades last season and this and have given all the top teams a run for their money. Reading to us are a very important side to have in the Premiership because they show you donâ€™t need spades of money to be a good team â€“ not when you have a manager of the standing of Coppell.
One thing is for certain on Saturday and that is the effort you’ll get from both sides. We’ll see 100% effort from all players on the field, and we think it should be an excellent game. But we also have to hope, as Newcastle fans, that Stephen comes out on the losing side, so the Magpies can get to top six and continue their excellent run, so far this season. And it will be 20 points from 10 games – not bad at all.
Weâ€™ll have our match preview tomorrow, and we bet you’re all on tenterhooks on what our prediction will beÂ Â Â Â 😀