Back to action at Madejski Stadium on Saturday, where we host Millwall. Results haven’t been as we want them so far this season on our own patch – but John O’Shea, who made his first league start for the Royals in our 3-0 home win against Hull City, is confident that we can improve our fortunes in RG2.
“We have to focus on being strong at home – and if we can do that, we will start climbing up the table very quickly,” said the defender.
“We’re very close to getting on a good run. We have to make sure we cut out those little mistakes, “and at the other end we need to take our chances.
That’s the important thing – we’d be more worried if we weren’t creating chances, but we are. If we take them at vital times in games we can go on a nice long unbeaten run.
“Whoever we’re playing at home, we fancy ourselves to beat them. That’s the confidence that we have to have going into these matches. With the quality that we have in the squad, and with whatever team the manager picks and the players that are used from the bench to change things, we have to trust in each other to go and perform.
“First and foremost if we perform well together, the results will follow.
“We know that the level of competition is so finely matched in the Championship, so we have to make sure that when those chances come, you take them. It is so close between top and bottom, and that’s why there are a lot of ‘surprise results’ in the Championship where teams from the bottom end beat ones at the top.
“If you can maintain a bit of momentum with a run, you soon climb the table and things begin to look a bit more positive.”
The Lions are just one point above Reading in the league standings; that makes Saturday an opportunity to go ahead of our visitors from London.
“It’ll definitely be a tough test, with the qualities that they possess and the challenges that you’ll face,” he continued.
“If you can stand up to that and counter it with your own quality – concentrating on ourselves first and foremost – then we’ll be able to take care of Millwall.
“We know the challenges ahead. They may be a bit more direct than other teams, but that’s what you have to face. Every team has their qualities and their beliefs that they stick to, in order to get positive results. If we do that, we can come out on top.”