Striker set to face former clubSimon Cox says that there will be no sign of friends reunited come 3pm tomorrow when Nottingham Forest visit Madejski Stadium.
Cox re-joined the Royals from the East Midlands club in the summer having spent two years at the City Ground and, despite remaining in contact with members of the Forest squad, he is fully intent on getting back to winning ways.
“Tuesday against Huddersfield was a setback because we worked really hard to get the three points away at Ipswich on Saturday and to not follow that up with a performance and some sort of points return was disappointing,” he said.
“But the good thing with this league is that there is always another game a couple of days away and we have got a big one on Saturday. I’ll be hoping to score against Forest but, more importantly, we want to put a good performance in.
“My time at Forest was full of highs and lows. I scored one of the best goals I’ve ever scored at the City Ground, and we narrowly missed out on the play-offs in both seasons that I was there.
“Now they’re in a good run of form under the new manager and their players are showing how good they can be. It was good to see two of my mates score for them on Wednesday but as soon as Saturday, 3pm comes around they’re not your mates, they’re your opponents.”
Cox was rested for the midweek trip to Huddersfield and he is hoping to reap the benefits of missing the defeat tomorrow afternoon.
He said: “Being a squad member, you end up knowing that with the amount of games we have, you’re going to miss a couple and take a rest every now and then.
“That is what the manager is here to do. He’s there to pick a side for every game and, if you miss one but are in for the next, that is what we’ve got a squad for. It’s a squad game, not and 11-man game.
“We’ll play about 50-odd games this year. It’s enough that 11 can’t just do it on their own. I thought we would have had enough Tuesday but it wasn’t to be. I’m sure there will be changes again on Saturday and we’ll go out there and try to do the business.
“Tuesday was tough in a way that I couldn’t go because it was such a long trip. Had it been a London club or somewhere that’s only a couple of hours away then I would have gone and watched, even if the gaffer had rested me.
“The whole reason for the rest was to stay at home, not to do anything, put my feet up and be ready for a game on Saturday. It is tough and never nice to miss games, but I was grateful for the rest.”