Winger on benefits of international breakJamie Mackie insists that the Reading squad will use the international break to try and discover some consistency.
The Royals have blown hot and cold of late, winning two and losing two of their last four games in the Championship.
The latest result saw them narrowly beaten by Charlton on Saturday and Mackie says the disappointment was made worse because they now have to wait two weeks to put it right.
“It is frustrating for everyone, I’m sure,” said the Nottingham Forest loanee. “That’s all we need – to find a level on consistency and pick up more results along the way. We need to work on things and get on run.
“This one is a really long break and with so many internationals it’s been a frustrating start to the season. We’ve got to deal with that as a squad, though, and make sure that everyone is ready when we play Cardiff next Friday.
“I’m gutted that we lost at the weekend because it’s a couple of weeks before our next game, but this gives us the chance to work on things and become better. I know I’ll work hard and make sure that I’m raring to go for the next game.
“I’m not in the international set up at the moment so I’ve got to graft as hard as I can on my game for the next two weeks.”
The wideman, who forced Addicks goalkeeper Stephen Henderson into a decent save in the second half, was disappointed that the Royals were unable to build upon Tuesday’s win over Rotherham.
He said: “On the back of a really good result on Tuesday; home games you got to win them and we’re just disappointed. I felt we dominated the game, and we did play well, but just couldn’t get the ball into the net. We’ve let one in at the other end and we need to do better and win our home games.”
Despite the defeat, Mackie revealed that he is still thoroughly enjoying life in a Reading shirt.
He said: “I’m loving playing at the minute and I’m in really good form, but I never love losing. It was disappointing on Saturday but its isn’t about me, it’s about Reading Football Club doing well.
“First and foremost as an individual, you need to be able to go home, look yourself in mirror and say to yourself that you put in a good performance. From there you can work on things.”