As ever in the Sky Bet Championship, it’s a quick turnaround. No time to dwell on a disappointing defeat in Birmingham – it’s straight on to Swansea City this weekend.
Paul Clement – formerly a manager at the Liberty Stadium – is keen to come away from South Wales three points better off.
“We’ll recover the players who played against Birmingham, put in our preparation, and get back on the road again on Friday across to Swansea ahead of Saturday’s game,” the Royals boss said.
“I’m looking forward to going there; it’s a fond place for me. But I want to go over there and win.
“It’s a really important game again – we’ve got to finish off the week well. If we manage to get a good result, it’ll be a decent week. That’s the most important thing.
“There’s three games to go before the next international break – this one at Swansea and then two home games. We want to put a little run together.”
Team selection will depend on availability and fitness of the squad; Sam Baldock and Garath McCleary returned from their injuries this week but the manager knows just how important it is to be vigilant when reintroducing players into matchday involvement.
“I would really like to find some stability with the team and with the players performing at a good level and making it difficult for me to leave them out… hopefully they can stay fresh,” Clement continued.
“I would have liked to play Sam Baldock and Garath McCleary again against Birmingham, but Garath has been out for nearly nine months – to play in two consecutive games puts him at risk.
“The same goes for Sam – if we were to lose him, it’d put us at risk going forward. Sometimes changes are forced somewhat; there is a lot of risk associated with playing players a lot.
“Paul McShane will rejoin training this week, but Saeid Ezatolahi is a big loss for us – he’s shown himself to be a good player but he’s out for the medium term with a nasty quad injury.”