Shorey and McCleary buoyed by clean sheetA step in the right direction - that's the general consensus around Reading Football Club after Brian McDermott's men earned a solid clean sheet against Norwich on Saturday.
It may have not been that first win that the Royals undoubtedly deserve, but Garath McCleary and Nicky Shorey both felt that it really gives the side something to build on.
"It was a well contested game," said McCleary. "Norwich are a good team but we got a clean sheet so we can build on that.
"All the boys had a good game and we defended well. Everyone dug in and we did what was needed of us to get a clean sheet.
"But we know that we've got to create a few more chances up front and hopefully that will come on Saturday.
"We're going in the right direction. We played really well over the last two games so hopefully we can build on it now."
Left back Shorey shared the same optimism, but also rued the fact that the Royals didn't test Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy as much as they perhaps should have.
"We're disappointed because we were at home," Nicky admitted. "We had a lot of crosses in the box but nothing fell for us.
"To be fair to Norwich, they won a lot of the balls which was unlike us - against QPR we pretty much won every header.
"But the positive is that we've kept a clean sheet and we were very solid at the back. There have been a lot of goals at both games recently so as a defender it's nice to keep a clean sheet."
With no mid-week fixture, the focus is entirely on another big game at the Madejski on Saturday - against David Moyes' prospering Everton side.
"We needed a week without a game so it's nice to prepare for the Saturday as it will be a big match," said Shorey. "They're flying high at the minute so it's going to be a very tough game."
"They've been playing really well - I've watched them quite a lot," added McCleary.
"They've got a very good team and great individual players too. But if we continue to do what we're doing, we can definitely get something from the game."