It was the togetherness of the squad that saw the Royals overcome a difficult test against Millwall on Saturday afternoon, according to Yakou Méïté.
Reading endured a tough start to the match inside the first ten minutes, after the visitors unleashed attack after attack upon the hosts.
And even after going 1-0 up, courtesy of a spectacular header from the Ivorian, Millwall hit back straight away – but the Royals battled on.
“The difference for us was the togetherness that we all showed.” Méïté explained.
“It was very tough game against a strong team. They are very aggressive and like to play a lot of long balls.
“With the type of player that I am, I like games that are physical battles; where we have to fight out on the pitch.
“We had to be aware and we had to be solid against the types of teams, but we did that very well.”
As well as the result, it was a day for Méïté, in particular, to remember.
The powerful forward found the back of the net both in the first and second half to secure all three points for his side. The goals also marked as his first and second this season in the Sky Bet Championship.
Méïté added: “We won and I scored twice, so I’m very happy.
“I tried to do my best in the game and I managed to score two, so I’m very happy for myself and the team.
“Whenever I play, I want to score goals. Against Millwall I scored twice, my first goals in the league this season, and we won so it can’t get much better than that.”
Attention now turns to Tuesday night and Birmingham City.
And though a win going into the game will lift spirits, Méïté was keen to highlight the importance of remaining focused and not getting carried away.
He went on to say: “It’s always good to get a win on the board before we play away because we’ve got two big away games coming up.
“Now is all about staying focused though. We have two big games coming up against Birmingham and Swansea, and we can’t get carried away.”