Two early goals, and an impressive defensive display to follow, earned Reading a 2-1 win and three points against Brentford on Saturday. A step closer to safety.
Defender Matt Miazga, on loan from Chelsea, praised the way that every member of the squad has been committed to the cause.
“The character we’ve been building over the last couple of weeks has been really good,” said the centre-half.
“You can tell on the pitch – everyone is together, instructing each other, communicating, fighting for each other and fighting for the badge.
“We want to keep putting in these kinds of performances, and we move on to Friday.
“We have a good atmosphere at the club. The manager has created a good atmosphere between everyone; the players are positive, diligent and hard-working and we’re all focused on achieving good results for this club.”
Yakou Méïté netted twice in the first 15 minutes to send the Royals into the lead; Neal Maupay levelled on the stroke of half-time to make things nervy, but Reading battled to the death in the second period to maintain the advantage.
“It was a good game, and the most important thing was the three points,” continued Miazga. “It moves us up in the table.
“We had a really good performance in the first half in terms of playing football and creating chances; I thought we could have even scored more.
“Their goal just before half-time woke us up a little bit – reminded us that it wasn’t going to be as easy as the first 20 minutes, and that it was going to be a test like every other game in the Championship.
“We said to each other at half-time that the second half was very important. We wanted to keep the intensity up, get in their faces, continue to try to get chances.
“Now it’s time to recover, and then we’ll start to prepare for Bristol City. Get the tactics right, prepare a gameplan, and execute it on Friday.”