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Hunt tells Royals to get 'nasty'

READING'S Irish striker Noel Hunt says the struggling Royals need to develop a ruthless streak if they are to survive relegation from the Premier League.

Waterford-born Hunt says rock-bottom Reading need to stop being a soft touch after taking just nine points from their opening 17 games.

Monday's 5-2 defeat at the hands of Arsenal was the latest example of Reading's charity, and now Hunt says it is time they took action.

He said: "We need some pride. I am a proud man and have been here a long time. We need to fight. There is nothing left to do. We need to throw in a few tackles and do it the nasty way.

"We are down there for a reason. Of course there is a way back but we need to rectify a few things."

Meanwhile, his team-mate Jimmy Kebe has urged the club's chairman John Madejski to spend big in the January transfer window if he wants them to stay up.

The Frenchman believes the squad is too thin and needs substantial investment if they are to haul themselves clear of the drop zone.

He said: "We have got some good players, but there is a big difference between being in the Championship and in the Premier League if you do not spend any money to make the team better.

"The chairman has got the money anyway, it is not the manager who chooses who he can buy or not.

"It is easy to talk, but right now we are in big trouble, so you should ask the chairman if he wants to spend any money to make the team better so we can compete in the Premier League."