Andy Rinomhota has described the next two away games for the Royals as 'must-win,' ahead of their trip to Oakwell to face Barnsley on Wednesday night.
Barnsley currently sit bottom of the Sky Bet Championship standings, while Saturday's opponents Stoke City, while in resurgent form under new manager Michael O'Neill, are still trying to climb out of the league's bottom three.
Rinomhota and the Royals, meanwhile, will be hoping for an immediate response on Wednesday night after a disappointing home defeat to Birmingham City at the weekend.
“All the games coming up are going to be tough, and the teams are around us in the table too, so they’re must-win games, really," Rinomhota declared, with his next match in a Reading shirt being his 50th senior appearance.
“They say they’re six-point games because if you’re getting the three points, you’re stopping them getting three points as well.
“So, it gives you a bit of leeway if you can win and get away from them being around us in the table. We’ll be going there hungry for the three points and hoping to come away with them.
“It’s a big month, there’s a lot of games so we want to pick up as many wins as we can. The games come really quickly, like they always do in this league.
“We want to get as many points as possible and climb up the table – it’s an important month.”