Royals assistant manager Andries Ulderink
feels that hard work and demonstrable quality will be the key to earning a sixth straight win at home when Queens Park Rangers visit on Thursday evening.
He reasserted his belief that Reading’s impressive home form should give confidence – but not complacency.
“Our home form can give us a lot of confidence – but not that much that the team or staff can think the next home game means the next three points,” Andries explained. “It doesn’t work like that, because when you think like that, there will be a moment where you will lose some expensive points.
“We have to give everything again – 100%. And then hopefully after the game we will again have three points.
“It would be arrogant and misplaced to think that in any game in the Championship we are going three points very easily. We have to work very hard and show some quality on the ball, otherwise a well-organised team like QPR can be very hard to score goals against.”
Visitors QPR have made changes at the top since the sides met in West London in October – Dutchman Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been replaced at the helm by Ian Holloway.
Rangers went on to register six straight league defeats, but they come into this game on the back of consecutive wins against Wolves and Ipswich.
“After QPR switched managers, they have been a little bit unlucky when their new manager started. And in the last couple of games they have got some good results – winning at Wolves was a difficult one, so I think their team will have a little bit more confidence than they had five or six weeks ago.
“It is a good and well-organised team, with some quick players up front, so we have to be sharp and at 100%, and show good quality for getting the three points this Thursday.
“We look more at the recent games they have played – especially since they have switched manager, so it’s not so useful to look back at the game we played over there.
“You see that there is a mentality in that group where they work very hard on the pitch, so it’s going to be a very tough game for us.”
Both teams exited the FA Cup in the third round stage at the weekend – Blackburn came away triumphant from Loftus Road, while the Royals suffered a 4-0 reverse at Old Trafford.
Despite the defeat, Ulderink believes the lessons that can be learnt from losing to a high-calibre opposition will give the Royals a good grounding for the final few months of the campaign.
He continued: “The gaffer mentioned it afterwards and we spoke afterwards about it, that it is very important to learn from these games – for instance how Rashford makes his runs, or how Rooney takes up his positions. How quick he is with thinking on the ball, and before he receives it he already has a solution.
“We will learn from it and we think we can get big benefits from it in the games we still have this season.”