There was disappointment at the weekend, but there’s no time to dwell on it. The next opportunity to get the points-tally ticking against is on Tuesday against Nottingham Forest; we return to Madejski Stadium for an 8pm kick-off.
Forward Sone Aluko knows that there’s only one way that the team can overcome a barren patch of results – and that’s by endeavouring for any rewards.
“In this league, you have to work and fight for every point,” Aluko said. “The games come thick and fast in this league and all of the teams improve and get stronger.
“There’s no guarantee that because we were third last year that we can have the same season. We have to work for it. Nothing is given.
“The only one way out of this is working hard and focusing on our gameplans and executing them well. Against Middlesbrough we conceded two poor goals, and that makes it harder for us to score goals because then they can sit in and they don’t have to push forward.
“As the manager said, we have to keep believing in it and keep working hard. We don’t become a bad team or bad players overnight. We just have to believe and focus. Confidence can dip, but you have to be brave… that includes with the ball going forward, taking risks and chances.”
The three points on offer against Forest won’t define our season – but it could act as a stepping stone, Aluko feels.
He continued: “The biggest game is always the next game! Tuesday is a big game for us, and if you want to do anything in this league then you have to have good home form, and then you can focus on getting some things on the road.
“We know what we need to do and how to turn it around – we believe we will do.
“A win on Tuesday would be a platform to build on. A victory always lifts everyone’s spirits, their confidence and their morale.”
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