This Saturday the Royals return home to RG2 and face a Millwall side with their own recently-appointed manager – Gary Rowett took the reins last week and earned a win against Stoke City on his first outing.
Defender Michael Morrison is confident that the Royals can get the three points this weekend, by matching the Lions at the rough-and-tumble stuff, snuffing out their attacking talent and showing a bit of quality of their own.
“I played under Gary at Birmingham, and I was captain under him,” Morrison said. “I know the way he works and his team will be tough.
“Millwall are always a tough team and he’ll have them organised and playing on the front foot – so straight away we have to match their tempo and be ready to compete, and be at our maximum.
“They’ll play their way, and we will play our way and try to get the result. We have worked on their strengths and weaknesses, and we know how we want the game to go.
“Now we need to match their commitment and take our chances. We know what they’re about and we know what we bring to the table as well.”
Reading have had something of an extended break ahead of the game, due to last weekend’s postponed game against Nottingham Forest.
A waterlogged pitch at the City Ground meant that the game was called off, but the enthusiasm and momentum haven’t been dampened.
“We had prepared, we’d done everything that we needed to do and we were about to have our team meeting – and then it got called off,” he continued. “We were on a good run of form and we’d played well over the last two games, so you want to keep playing, not a break.
“We wanted to carry on our momentum and keep doing well – so we’ve taken that into this week instead. We have trained really hard, and it has given us extra time to prepare for the game against Millwall.
“It has helped us put a bit more fitness into the legs of the lads, and the intensity in training has been really good. We are pleased with the work that we’ve done over the last ten days.
“There is a good feeling and positivity about what we’re doing, and hopefully we can take that into the game on Saturday. Everyone will be eager to play.”
Our lads have racked up the mileage count so far this season – so this weekend’s visit of Millwall to Madejski Stadium, as well as Luton Town’s journey here next weekend, offers us back-to-back home matches. And, with that, hopes of getting maximum returns in both encounters.
“We haven’t played too many home games – we’ve been on the road a lot. So it’s nice to have back-to-back home games where there is expectation for us to take maximum points, or at least put on two very good shows.
“That’s what we’re trying to do. So if we can get three points on Saturday, it’ll set us up well for the last game before the international break.”