With the first victory of the 2018/19 campaign finally on the board, Vito Mannone says that his side will be looking to control of the game against high-flying Bolton Wanderers when the Royals face them on Saturday at Madejski Stadium.
After narrowly losing out on picking up points against Derby County and Nottingham Forest, a break in the league schedule saw the Royals earn their first win of the season against Birmingham City by a 2-0 scoreline in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
And whilst Mannone wasn’t involved in that game, he says it was exactly what the group needed.
“It was a much-needed result on Tuesday night,” explained Mannone.
“The result was very much one that we were looking for after two performances that were ok, but we didn’t get what we deserved.
“The squad is looking great at the moment. We are training hard and everyone has been training hard since the first day of pre-season.
“Now is all about repeating what we are doing on the training pitch so that we can start to get the results that we all want.”
Goals win games and games win points, but Bolton will be no easy test on Saturday.
The Trotters are unbeaten in their first two games so far this season, beating newly relegated West Bromwich Albion 2-1 with a last-gasp winner and drawing with Bristol City last week away from home.
Mannone knows exactly what it takes to do well in this league, though, and believes that the support from the fans can be what helps to get the side over the line.
He added: “In this league, as we know, any team is tough. Any team can be hard to beat on the day – that is the championship.
“Bolton is another important test for us. We will face difficulties against them in the game and we will need to deal with it so that we can hopefully take control of the game.
“The support from our fans is massive. We felt a difference in the opening game against Derby and I hope that it can be the same again on Saturday.
“The support of our fans has been brilliant and we really need their push, especially at home in certain moments where we need to dig deep and get a result because they are the first man really.”