Sam Walker believes that the Royals are ‘raring to go’ after a two-week halt in the regular Sky Bet Championship schedule for October international fixtures.
And after a disappointing 4-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in their last fixture, the towering Royals goalkeeper says that the squad are eager to make up for lost time as they look to target success in their next batch of games.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow Royals to reflect on the last two-weeks, Walker explained: “The break has been good, we’ve got some good work in.
“We’re raring to go. All the lads will be back from the international break this week and then we can make sure that we’re prepared right so that we can go into the game (Millwall) full of confidence.
“When you get a result like we did against West Brom, it’s almost like you want a game the next day, but we’ve had to wait two weeks for it.”
Reflecting on the most recent batch of games, Walker believes that there was an improvement to see compared with the first batch.
And baring the fixture against West Brom, Walker says that it has been the case of one or two key moments that has seen the side miss out on vital points.
“The championship is a league of fine margins,” Walker went on to say. “Week in, week out, the games are tough, competitive and intense – often won by one or two moments.
“It’s about being able to turn those key moments in our favour and gain that competitive edge to see out the games that we need to.
“Baring West Brom, we’ve been in contention for every game and it is those key moments that are sometimes falling against us.”
As well as reflecting on the team form, Walker also expressed his delight of playing his part.
The summer transfer from Colchester United made his league debut against Preston in a 3-2 victory at Deepdale and has put in a number of assured performances since.
The key for Walker, however, is to continue his good form and help the team with their target to progress in the league through this next block of games, all before the final international break of the year in November.
“I’ve been pleased to come in and play,” Walker added. “I first got the opportunity at Preston, where we picked up a good result and it rolled from there.
“I’ve been used to playing every week throughout my career, so it was good to get that feeling of playing again.
“It’s just about building on the progress that has been made, both individually and as a team, so that we can keep building on the season.”