Defender on Tuesday's gameAlex Pearce says that he is expecting a battle when the Royals take on Rotherham United at the New York Stadium tomorrow evening.
The Millers sit one point clear of the Championship relegation zone with two games to play and they require at least two more points to be assured of safety.
And Pearce wants his side to be ready for a scrap when they head north.
“Rotherham are going to be fighting for their lives and we all know that,” said the 26-year-old. “It’s not going to be a game for the fainthearted because they’re going to be up for it and we’re going to have to match them.
“I’d like to think that if we do match them, then on the night we’ll have the better players on the field to win the game. There’s no doubt it’s going to be tough, though.”
Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Brentford was frustrating for the Reading players, management and supporters alike, with the Royals just not able to turn any of their chances into goals.
Pearce said: “We seem to be doing okay during games but in those decisive moments we are falling short at the moment. We have quite decent control of matches but those crucial moments, when they come around, it’s not going for us. As a group of players, we know that we need to be doing better.”
Adam Federici was crowned as the fans’ Player of the Season at the weekend, and Pearce believes that the Australian was a worthy winner.
He said: “He’s a top quality goalkeeper, certainly the best goalkeeper I’ve ever played with in my career. I’m not surprised to see him win the award, with the way that he makes all the saves that he does. He’s top drawer. He’s been first class and well deserving of the fans’ award.”