Royals defender Liam Moore
says he and the rest of the Reading squad are looking forward to a return to league action at Madejski Stadium on Thursday evening as the Royals look to make it six straight wins at home.
Moore sees the clash with QPR as a real opportunity to put pressure on the other sides around the Royals, with the 8pm kick-off under the lights being the first Championship fixture of the weekend.
“Obviously we’ve had the break with the cup fixture, but it’s back to the bread and butter now,” said Moore. “It’s a really important game, we need to kick on, we’ve been doing really well in the league and it’s a great opportunity for us to put three points on the board.
“If we can get a win earlier than everyone else with it being a Thursday night and put pressure on the teams ahead of us and some of the other sides in the top six then that would be great.
“It’s a great opportunity,” he continued. “We’ve done well this season especially at Madejski Stadium so we’ll be looking to do the same on Thursday.”
The 23-year-old is expecting a lively affair against QPR, with Ian Holloway now at the helm for Rangers. The centre-back hopes that after the FA Cup defeat away to Manchester United the Royals can learn their lessons from the loss and apply them to take the points under the lights.
“In football it’s about competing and it’s about being as high as you possibly can be in the league,” admitted Moore. “We do look at the table and look and what’s around us and we’ll definitely be hoping to get three points and put pressure on those teams.
“QPR have got a new manager and it looks like he is getting his points across now. He’s very enthusiastic and wants his team to play in a similar manner. They’ll work hard so we definitely won’t be taking them too lightly.
“The Manchester United game was disappointing for us on a number of levels,” continued the defender. “We came away from the game with a lot to take on-board because we now know that’s the standard. If we can learn from those things, which we have done in the past from our defeats, then hopefully we can take that into the league.”