Birmingham City’s trip to Madejski Stadium this weekend is the first of eight games in less than a month – a chock-a-block schedule which our season could hinge on.
Ahead of the match, Royals left-back Omar Richards discussed Birmingham’s qualities and the importance of being ready for this marathon run of games.
“Birmingham have a good defensive shape, so we’re looking for ways to break them down,” Omar said.
“They will be at it, so we are expecting a competitive game.
“It was good to get a win last weekend. We had a couple of tough games before that, so it feels good to get back on track with three points. So we’re looking forward to the next game now.
“The game against Wigan was tough. We went a goal down early on, so we had to come back to win – which feels a bit more special.
“Training has been tough. We’ve been working really hard, and the gaffer has got us all in good shape. So we’re feeling ready for the next game.
“It’ll be a tough patch with a lot of games coming up. Everyone is mentally and physically ready. It’ll be tough, but we will get through it.”
The 21-year-old has made 17 appearances for Reading to date this season – already eclipsing his tally for last season.
And he is feeling more and more accustomed to the demands of senior-level football.
“I think I’ve had a decent season so far,” Richards continued. “I just want to continue on that and keep going.
“I feel like I’ve matured and more comfortable, which I think is showing in my game.
“It’s really special too to come through the youth set-up at the club, and then earn your position in the first team.
“There is good competition for places which drives us all on, to get the best out of each other. It’s good for all of us.”