Royals boss hoping for another lively game on Saturday
Reading have a chance to record a fourth straight win this Saturday when Fulham come to town – the Cottagers are the opposition, with West Brom, Rotherham and Charlton all defeated in the space of eight days.
Each of those victories took very different guises – the Baggies triumph was well-controlled, the Millers match needed patience and industry, while the Charlton win needed steely resolve after initially squandering a two-goal advantage.
And, ahead of Fulham’s short trip to Berkshire, Royals boss Brian McDermott hopes his charges can put on a show for those getting behind the team on Saturday.
“We’re looking forward to the game,” McDermott said. “It’s a big game for us, in that it’s the next one – we want to put on a big performance at Madejski Stadium in front of our own supporters.
“Results are important – we know we have to get the right results. More importantly though we have to get the right blend and the right camaraderie going with the supporters and the players. You saw that after the Charlton game, and we have to do what we have to do… we do that every day and we work to the best of our ability every day to try to get to where we need to get to.
“We want the fans to be entertained – that’s important to us as well. We don’t want every game to be like Rotherham, believe me, even though we’re grateful to win the game. We thought we played well against West Brom and we controlled long periods of the game and it was a good victory.
“We controlled long periods of the game against Charlton and then we lost our way for 25 minutes – and that’s great because we can learn from that. That was another way of winning the game; we didn’t hang on for the draw, we tried to win the game and we managed to get over the line.
“Every game in itself is satisfying, but the supporters pay good money and we want them to watch football that they want to watch. If we can play entertaining football for our fans, then we’re happy with that.
“If every game was like Charlton, that means we’re not learning. We need to learn from what happened in that 25-minute period just after half-time. But if the games are like that, fans enjoy it if you come out on the right side of it.”