Le Fondre buoyed by resolute form
Striker Adam Le Fondre felt it was crucial that the Royals denied Swansea City on Boxing Day - and, in turn, register a deserved clean sheet and point on the board.
Though 'Alfie' came agonisingly close to grabbing all three points for us, he was encouraged by the resolve Reading have shown in the past two games - and has called on the Royals to emulate the resolute form Norwich City have shown.
"It was a good performance last week at Man City and I felt that we brought that performance to Swansea," he said. "I don't think it was a great game to watch, but we frustrated them and it was important that we didn't lose.
"It's a great clean sheet for us as a team after we've been conceding quite a few goals. We needed to stop that and we did.
"It's a building block. I think Norwich built from one game and then went ten games unbeaten - we've got to take a leaf out of their book."
The forward has frequently made an impact from the bench in a Reading shirt - and did so again when he replaced Pavel Pogrebnyak on the hour mark. Alfie reflected on having a goal chalked off for handball, and being denied by an impressive goal-line headed clearance from Chico Flores...
"The ball was just too far in front of me and the guy behind me pulled me back," he explained. "That's the only reason why I handled it - I thought I'd try and throw something at it and it just happened to hit my hand and go in. It was just one of those things.
"With the clearance, I don't know what he was doing back there but the shot went straight at him unfortunately. I think I caught it too sweetly in the end!"
But now, all that Alfie's thinking about is the task of West Ham at Madejski Stadium on Saturday.
"We just need to build on it for West Ham and then hopefully take that into Tottenham," Le Fondre added.
"If we're not losing and we're picking up points then we're gradually building. It's always a big game against West Ham and it always seems to bring the best out of our fans."