In the words of Jón Daði Böðvarsson, Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Hull City at Madejski Stadium was a case of the Royals wanting the three points more than their opponents.
On show against the Tigers, Reading put in a thoroughly professional performance to earn their first home victory of the Sky Bet Championship campaign, thanks to three well-worked goals.
Sam Baldock, Böðvarsson and Andy Yiadom all capped off superb team news to find the back of the net. And that was more than enough for the team to earn their second victory of the season.
“From the start until the end, I thought it was a very good performance from all the boys,” explained Böðvarsson.
“It’s been a long time coming and something that I thought we really deserved against Hull.
“We were really in-tune as a team, I felt. All of the players on the pitch, in terms of pressure, defending and attacking, were on the same page – but now the challenge is to keep it up.
“We wanted the result more. That’s the mentality that we need to have in every single game. We did really well against Hull and showed a lot of energy about our performance.”
Ahead of the game, Paul Clement made a number of changes to his starting XI.
The Icelandic forward was recalled back to the starting line-up. Josh Sims, John O’Shea and Saeid Ezatolahi were also all handed their first starts.
Böðvarsson believes that competitiveness amongst the squad is as good as it has been and gave credit to his peers for the level of professionalism that the team showed as a whole, from the starting 11 to the substitutions off the bench.
He added: “The competition in the team has been very positive for us.
“Everyone has the opportunity to push for a start and a lot of praise has to go to the lads that came in against Hull. They all looked ready and performed like they hadn’t been away.
“All of the players on the pitch, in terms of pressure, defending and attacking, were on the same page – but now the challenge is to keep it up.”
On a more personal note, Böðvarsson’s goal against the Tigers impressively marked as his fifth of the season.
At present, the 26 year-old forward is the joint third top goal-scorer in the league and averages a goal every 96 minutes.
He went on to say: “In terms of scoring, it’s what you work for as a striker and I can’t ask for better start from a personal perspective.
“It’s the standard that I put on myself and long may the goals continue. Hopefully I can keep it up and more importantly, help get the team three points regularly.”