After accruing a near-maximum haul of points from the last four games, Royals midfielder John Swift hopes that the side can continue the upward trajectory when they get back to action after the international break.
The players which aren’t away with their countries were able to spend a few days off at the start of this week; a chance to get their breath back after the exertions of a busy month of games.
“We get a weekend off and a chance to go and see our families – it’s nice to get away and to rest your legs, especially after the good run of form that we’ve had,” said Swift.
“It has been a good run of games for us. It was good to go into the break with a comfortable victory like the one we had against Luton.
“It has been a good run – but it’s been a tough run as well. The best we can do now is train well when we come back and go into the next run of games with the same mentality that we came out of the last few.
“Knowing that we got 10 points from 12 available is a massive confidence boost. We just want to carry on really. We have done well up until now, but if you look at the table we are only three points above the relegation zone.
“But we aren’t that far away from the play-off zone either – anything can happen in the next few games. We have to keep doing what we’re doing. We are playing really well and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves because it’s just a few results in a long old season.”
The upturn in results has coincided neatly with Mark Bowen’s appointment as manager – Swift is enjoying reaping the rewards of a different tactical approach.
“Before, we played with the ball a lot and tried to play out from the back at times when we shouldn’t have. Mark has come in and we’re all together, and we’re a team,” he continued.
“You can see that – in the first 10 or 15 minutes we can go long and stretch teams, and it’s a tactic that we have had.
“It has been a change for everyone, but it has been a positive change and every player has taken to it and the tactics that he has brought in. We are doing well at the moment and we want to carry on.”