Manager Brian McDermott has hailed the temperament of Stuart Taylor after the goalkeeper returned to the Barclays Premier League fray last weekend.
An ankle injury to Adam Federici paved the way for the experienced shot-stopper to make his first top flight appearance since 2008 - and Brian thought he acquitted himself very well.
"There was nothing he could do about the goals (at Everton) and he pulled off some good saves. I thought he was very good," said Brian.
"He's a really great character, Stuart Taylor. It's not easy when you haven't played for a long time but like all of my players - his attitude is spot on.”
Taylor’s former club, Aston Villa, are the visitors to Madejski Stadium this weekend – and McDermott believes the Royals' focus must be unwavering.
"Everyone in the media will say it's a six-pointer but I can't work like that. It's a game of football and we've got to try and win that game of football," he added. "It's not as if we're not going to try less harder against Man United but harder against Villa.
"In this league we're up against players that are worth millions and millions of pounds so we have to do things a different way. We did it a different way last season and we'll do it a different way this season. Last season we were written off and we'll probably be written off again - we might just do it."