Midfielder eyeing third round place with the RoyalsRoyals midfielder Stephen Quinn expects a stern test but wants a return to winning ways when the Royals travel to Fratton Park to face Portsmouth in the Capital One Cup second round on Tuesday.
The Reading man feels it is important that a winning mentality is re-instilled in the squad and sees the midweek fixture as an ideal opportunity – but the 29-year-old knows Portsmouth won’t make it easy. Portsmouth are five games unbeaten at the start of the new season, which included a home victory in the first round against Derby County.
“Like any lower league side coming up against a team in the Championship, they are going to be up for it and wanting to cause an upset,” said Quinn.
“It will be great for the team if we can get a win there and progress to the next round because it will be great for confidence and give us that winning mentality again.
“It’s never easy going to Fratton Park, it’s a tight little ground, they’ve got loud fans and when the place gets going it can be bouncing there. They’re looking pretty good this year and look like their giving promotion a real go. We need to try and get the win and a winning mentality and use it as a catapult for our form in the league.
After a congested fixture list early in the season, the Irishman feels Tuesday’s trip will be a good chance to show the squad’s strength in depth. And despite not yet registering a win in the league, Quinn is happy with the level of the team’s performances and believes they have merited more points than the table shows.
“We’ve got to be wary and make sure we recover well, the manager might make a few changes because we’ve played three games in six days,” he continued. “The gaffer will probably utilise the squad I’m sure the lads that have been sitting on the bench will be raring to go.
“Like the last few games, I was pleased with the performance against MK Dons, but we’re not scoring the goals that we’ve deserved and that the performances have warranted. The performances have been strong, Sheffield Wednesday looked like it was going to be a comfortable victory and unfortunately a mistake cost us there.”
The midfielder sees a lack of goals as the main area for improvement for the Royals but is sure that if the team keep creating opportunities the goals will come.
“Against MK Dons we had something like 20 attempts on goal but just couldn’t score,” lamented Quinn. “Hopefully that’s going to change for us and we can take advantage of all these opportunities we’re creating. If we start taking the chances we are creating I get the feeling that a team will be on the end of a real hiding soon. I’m sure once we get that goal the floodgates will open.
“The gaffer was saying he’s happy with our defensive performances but the lads were gutted we couldn’t get the three points again against MK Dons. If we stay positive and keep doing what we’re doing the goals will have to come because we are playing so well.”