“We have no time to think about what happened in the past,” said José Gomes, moving on swiftly from a gut-wrenching late draw in Bolton. “In training we’ve started improving the things we didn’t do so well, but we need to think about what we can do today – and today, we’re preparing for a better future.
“Even with this cold weather and frozen grass, we have been working and I’m sure on Saturday we will play a great match.
“This is what we hope – to create chances and put the ball in the net, and bring our fans with us through the whole game.
“It’s a good signal, when the fans like it. It means we are playing well and, if we’re playing well, it means we have more chances to win the game – that’s what we want.”
Reading have dominated possession and, with an intent to attack with real purpose at every opportunity, we are creating plenty of chances since Gomes was appointed a little more than a month ago – but the manager isn’t interested in style without substance. Winning is the sole ambition of the Reading boss.
“We want to play well and win, but if we must choose only one, we must choose to win!
“We want to move as soon as possible from the position we are, but the players are working very well so we are confident that we can make this step very quickly.
“They are giving very good steps following these ideas, but one small detail can change everything and especially in the last 10 minutes in games in the Championship, the game can be completely different and we must be prepared for that.
“We know it will be very tough, it will be a long way, but we’ll get it.”
On promotion-chasers Aston Villa, José is prepared to face a team full of quality in their arsenal.
“They have a great team,” he continued. “Very good players, very dangerous in their attack – all of their players can shoot from outside the box. They have very fast players in attack, they can cut inside and shoot.
“But tell me – which game is easy in the Championship?
“We don’t have easy games, this is another difficult game and we must be prepared to beat different kinds of teams.
“Respecting the Aston Villa manager, players and fans, we will fight for the three points – it’s our obligation. We will fight for the points from the beginning.”