Liam Moore said the Royals are ready to take on Preston North End this weekend, ending their two-week spell without Sky Bet Championship action.
Mark Bowen will be in the dugout for the first time after becoming Reading's new manager earlier in the week, and Moore says the squad are ready for the challenge ahead.
“A lot has happened since the last game, but we’ve got on with it," he said. "Training has been very good this week, very sharp – that generally happens when a new manager comes in – so hopefully we can maintain that.
“We’ve tried to get our tactics down to a T, it’s been a little bit more difficult with the internationals coming back a little bit later, but there are no excuses on our behalf – we’re ready to go.
“We won’t differ too much from what we’ve been doing in terms of wanting to play good, attacking football, but we need to do it in the right areas.
“When teams come to our home patch, we need to be more difficult to play against. We need to get the ball in their half more than it’s in ours and score more goals.”
The 26-year-old was speaking followin a training session at Madejski Stadium on Friday morning, which saw the Royals gear up for the test of the Lilywhites.
“The manager made the decision to do that, to get things sharp and work a little bit more on tactics in our home surroundings," said Moore.
“It turned out to be a good session and we’re looking forward to the game tomorrow.
“We want to start with three points, definitely – it would help us massively moving forward. But it’s a process, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: You can’t get too high after a win and too low after a loss.
“We need to put everything into every game, hopefully tomorrow it goes our way and then we need to build on from there. It’s game by game and step by step.”
North End will represent a difficult test for the Royals, having only lost once in their last 10 matches, which was a defeat against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup back in September.
Alex Neil's side will be hoping to pick up where they left off before the international break, having beaten Barnsley 5-1 a fortnight.
“They’re a good team, they’re a team that builds year on year," the Reading skipper explained. "It seems they lose key players most summers, but they always replace them very well.
“The manager there has done a fantastic job, they’ve built on each season, they’re in a healthy position right now.
“But we’ve looked at them this week and we need to be on our game, and I believe we can cause them damage as well. It’s going to be a difficult game.”
Moore's next match in the blue and white hoops will be his 150th competitive appearance for the club, in just over three years of representing the Royals - and he will gain this honour as captain.
“I was made aware in the week, it’s something I’m very proud of," he said of his next landmark. "It’s 150 games and 150 starts as well. I’m very proud of it, my family’s very proud of it and, as captain now, I want to play many more for Reading.
“I’ve been lucky, and hopefully I can continue to be lucky with good health to continue playing. It’s a club I really enjoy representing and I can’t wait for the future.”