Forward wants Royals to continue home record with three points against RamsReading striker Yann Kermorgant is, of course, targeting another home win on Saturday... the forward hopes that the Royals can sign off before the international break with another three points on the board at Madejski Stadium, where the Royals are undefeated so far this term.
The former Bournemouth man knows how important home form is in the Championship. During his time at the south coast club - when he won promotion to the Premier League as champions - the attacker learned first-hand all about the importance of consistently picking up results at home in order to maintain a place in the upper echelons of the division.
“If you want to be at the top or amongst the best teams in the league, it’s generally based on the good result at home,” said the Frenchman. “When you combine that with some good away performances like we had at Barnsley and Cardiff, you have a good combination.
“We have to keep faith in what we are doing. On Saturday we will be full of confidence to take on Derby at home and show that we are not affected by the loss against Brentford.”
Following Tuesday evening’s result at Griffin Park, Kermorgant is hoping the team can wipe the defeat from their minds and be fully focused on Saturday’s test against Derby. The 34-year-old is expecting a difficult encounter with the Rams, who themselves will be looking to build on a 2-0 win at Cardiff in midweek.
“We are all disappointed from the result at Brentford,” admitted the forward. “We all wanted to go there to get the three points but we’re looking forward to the next game now and I’m sure it will be different at home.
“We want to make sure we can bounce back against Derby. And we know that it will be a tough test because Derby have a really good squad. They’ve had a difficult start but we know they have some good players with lots of Championship experience, so we need to make sure we stay unbeaten at home and we take the three points into the international break.”
Reading’s strong run of results at home have coincided with a change in playing style under new manager Jaap Stam.
Kermorgant recognises it has taken some time for the home fans to get used to a different way of playing, but says the squad have full faith in Stam’s football and, despite a blip in midweek, feels the improvement so far this season has been there for all to see.
“I think people were a bit surprised at the beginning of the season,” said the striker. “Because of the new style of play, people had to accept that we keep possession and try to be patient with the ball.
“I know sometimes the fans would like us to go forward quicker and to attack but we know exactly what we’re doing and we know that if we can keep that ball, even if it’s in our own half, we can build something.
“Obviously Brentford was an off night - but generally performances are improving. We have to be patient and the results will come.”