Defeat at home against Burton on Saturday was a disappointing way to get to the midpoint of the campaign… having met every opponent once, midfielder John Swift knows that the Royals will have to pick things up in the second half of the campaign if they are to get into the top six.
“That’s still the mark we want to get to – but we’ve got to play better, we’ve got to score more goals and keep more clean sheets,” the midfielder said. “Hopefully it will come.
“It takes for or five wins, and then you’re up in the mix – I hope it can come sooner rather than later.”
The midfielder made his injury return for the final 30 minutes – his influence helped the Royals to equalise through Mo Barrow after Tom Flanagan’s first-half goal, but the Brewers had a stroke of luck when Tom Naylor closed down a clearance and saw the ball ricochet into the net.
“It’s a difficult one to take,” he continued. “The first goal was a bit of a killer and we knew they were going to sit behind the ball anyway, so that was tough. After we got our first goal, I thought we’d be able to kick on and get the win but they got a bit of a fluky and we didn’t expect it.
“It’s harsh on Liam – he’s tried to clear the ball and their guy has put his foot in the right place, and Vito can’t expect it. So it’s tough to take for the whole team. We’ve got to forget about it and move onto the next game and put today right.
“The first goal was sloppy, and the second one killed us because we’d got our hopes up and it looked like there was only one team that was going to win. But we need to get it out of our heads now and go into the next game.”