Leandro Bacuna has stressed the importance of two victories in the Royals' next two matches, before the Championship heads into the international break.
Fellow Championship side Millwall are the visitors to Madejski Stadium in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, before the Royals travel to St. Andrew's at the weekend to face Birmingham City in the Championship.
Having slipped to a 1-0 defeat away at Preston North End at the weekend, Bacuna is hoping the Royals can get back to winning ways as quickly as possible.
The Curacao international may make his Madejski debut on Tuesday night, and has emphasised that momentum is key going into the international break.
He said: "I think it's going to be really, really important. We're looking to play in the play-offs and get up there, so it's going to be important to win those games.
"I've got trust in the guys, I've got trust in the manager and I think everything is going to be alright."
The Royals made the last 16 of the EFL Cup last season, earning a trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal as a result.
Conversely, Millwall went on an excellent cup run themselves last season, beating three Premier League teams on the way to the FA Cup quarter-final, while in League One.
Bacuna is keen to emulate the feat the Royals achieved last term, adding: "We want to fight for a cup run. It's always nice to have a really nice run in the cup so we're going to go out there and try to do it.
"It's a cup game so it'll be a different game, they're going to go all the way for it so we'll see what's going to happen.
"It's going to be a tough game, of course. None of the games are going to be easy, so I think we just need to go out there and play the way we are supposed to play, and everything will be alright."