"It’s not a comparison to what’s going to happen on Saturday. Those pre-season games for both team were just to get a feeling of the ball and playing a game – so we won’t look back to those games. It’ll be completely different on Saturday."
Jaap Stam has urged his team to be prepared for a completely different challenge as Royals take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday.
Having won both matches in a friendly double-header against the R's last month behind closed doors at Hogwood, the manager says the team has to be ready to get straight back into the swing of a 46-game season after a gruelling pre-season programme.
"The atmosphere, the stadium, the fans… the pressure of winning the game and winning three points is there," he said. "In all that, you need to stay cool and patient in what you want to achieve and that’s what we’re going to be doing on Saturday.
"They know us as well – how we want to play, what we want to do and the players we have. The same counts for us.
"As a manager, you’re always trying to find a way to make it difficult for them. That’s what they’ll be doing against us.
"We’re going to be preparing well in the next couple of days to hopefully get a good result.
"We always like to play a lot of games. As a player, you want to play more games than training sessions! And over here in the Championship, you get very close to that because of all the games, including all the cup games."
Royals kick off against QPR at 3pm on Saturday at Loftus Road, before we welcome Gillingham to Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night.