Three hard-earned points against Preston North End in his first match; a creditable draw at QPR in his second. Royals boss Mark Bowen hopes to keep that points tally turning over this weekend when we travel to Nottingham Forest.
The Royals have performed with a fighting spirit to take points from two teams in the play-off places in their last two matches again – and it’s sure to be another big test against a Forest side which sits just four points off the Championship summit.
“It doesn’t get any easier – but that’s why we’re here,” Bowen agreed.
“This is the brutality of this league; no hiding place and no rest-up. You have to wipe yourselves down and go again, and I know these guys will do.
“The main thing since I’ve stepped into this role is that every one of the players wants to improve and every one of them wants to do well for the club.
“They all want to get further up the table, and to fight for each other. What a fantastic situation for me to inherit a group like that.
“It is a hard, long season. You have to grind out games and keep putting points on the board.
“We can take enormous confidence from the last two games into our trip this weekend. We’ll recover after QPR, as you have to in this league, and we’ll be ready for Nottingham Forest on Saturday.”