The run-in continues at the KCOM Stadium this weekend – a trip to face a Hull City side who still have outside hopes of a play-off push, and who have racked up an exemplary points-tally at home in the second half of the season.
Reading boss José Gomes is well aware that his side will be travelling to a team high on confidence on their own turf – but his focus is on keeping the Royals’ momentum going.
“It’s another opportunity for three points,” Gomes said. “We know we’re facing a team who haven’t lost in their last ten games at home – they’ve had three draws and seven wins. The results talk for themselves – a tough team with great players.
“Their wingers and strikers score a lot of goals, and they’re dangerous in attack and solid in their defensive organisation.
“But we have to look to ourselves, and what we can expect from us is that we want to keep the foot on the pedal.
“In every game we play, we want to win. Against Hull, it’s the same. We know that they are strong, especially with the goals that they can score. We cannot relax for a second – keep the foot on the pedal, keep fighting, and keep trying to get three points.
“What gives confidence to teams is the results. Hull’s recent results at home have been very good, so they are expecting to collect points again – and their fans will expect the same thing. They have a positive environment at home.
“So we have to do our job – try to stop their strongest points and try to exploit their weaknesses. We are ready for that. We have to be careful, solid defensively and cover the spaces, and get into areas where they are not so strong.”