"We've set our bar very high"Manager Nigel Adkins says there is no complacency within the camp ahead of the Royals' Sky Bet Championship fixture away at Barnsley this evening.
The Tykes currently sit bottom of the league but Adkins insists that is no reason to underestimate our opponents tonight - in a league where, as regularly shown, any side is capable of beating any.
"I want us to start favourites in every game," the manager said. "Our attitude has to be bang on and as I always say, we must never underestimate the opposition. If we go to Barnsley with the wrong mindset we'll get a good hiding.
"We want the players to be professional in their attitude. I said to the players in the dressing room on Saturday, if you want to achieve something you've got to make sure you go to Barnsley with a desire to get three points.
"There's no danger of complacency whatsoever. The players know that with me. I want to keep driving everybody on. We've set our bar very high and we've got to keep striving to improve and develop.
And as the Royals prepare for their second game of three in a period of eight days, Adkins says it's vital to be up for every single game in order to stay in the Championship race come January.
"You just have to stay in the race, get to January and look for an opportunity for the second half of the season," he added.
"It's massively competitive in this division, I've been here with Southampton and Scunthorpe. You have to be bang on it in every game, look at the size of some of the clubs.
"Teams plays different formations, you have to combat that, there's a lot of travelling but we are building momentum and a feelgood factor.
"In this division the table fluctuates all the time, so you just stay in it. We've got three games in a week, it's a tough demanding division but everyone is working hard."
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