Liam Moore spoke of his anticipation for the festive fixture schedule, with the Royals set to take part in their busiest time of the season, starting with a home encounter against Derby County on Saturday.
The weekend's clash against the Rams will be the first of five matches in 14 days over the festive period, with the squad preparing for one of their biggest physical tests of the campaign.
A win at Madejski Stadium would see the Royals leapfrog their opponents in the Sky Bet Championship table, and Moore wants to start the Christmas period with three more points on the board, after two away draws in the last week.
Speaking after last Saturday's match at Stoke, the captain said of the festive calendar: “It’s tough physically and mentally, a few of the lads who haven’t witnessed it will have a shock to their system.
“Matt Miazga picked up a little injury, it’s his first full season in the Championship – so for some of the lads, it’s going to be really testing.
“They come at you thick and fast – it’s literally play, recover. There’s not much training in there, but for me, I love it. I’m a game player – it’s what I enjoy the most, so bring it on."
With the halfway point of the season approaching, Moore also took time to assess how he feels the campaign has gone from a personal and overall point of view, with the Royals hoping to move up the table in the reverse fixtures this season.
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“Personally, the season has been a bit stop-start for me," he reflected. "We’ve moved to a back three, I’ve played on the right, I’ve played on the left, I’ve been a bit of everywhere, so I’ve not really got into my stride just yet.
“It’s frustrating because I had a great pre-season, I feel like I’m hitting the levels I want to in training every day, I’m working hard, so it has been frustrating – but that probably mirrors it as a team. We’ve probably not got going properly.
“We won a couple of games, you think we’re on the up and then we’d have a dodgy performance or a dodgy result.
“But, what I’ve got to say is, and I really mean this, we’re heading in the right direction with what we’re doing day to day.
“The manager’s great – he just gets it, he understands the game, he understands the Championship and we’re trying to do the right things.
“At the minute, we’re probably doing one thing right and not the other, then it seems to reverse. But what we need to try and do is get it all going well – get our quality players on the ball, get them on the half-turn and playing forward.
“We need to show the fighting spirit that started getting us some results when the manager first came in. Mix them together, and we’ll be a good side.”