Two defeats...followed by an unbeaten run of five...followed by a loss at home against high-flying Charlton last weekend. Consistency is a word which Royals boss José Gomes is keen to stress.
"It is good that my players have been showing these mistakes at the beginning of the season. We have the chance to help the players to improve and to avoid these mistakes in the next games," he said.
"Saturday was a step back but we are still in the right way. We can be better, stronger, control games like we did in the first half against Charlton.
"Consistency is what we must work for, what we must fight for."
Gomes' squad now have to wait for a fortnight before trying to rectify the errors that led to defeat against the Addicks. And the manager is keen to use the time to help his team bond and become better.
"Everybody wants to get a good result before the international break; it’s never good to finish before the international break with no points," he said. "It’s a long time before we play again and get the chance to show a different behaviour.
"We played eight games in August, some games we had just two days to recover. It’s the Championship schedule. Now the players must rest and spend some time with their families for the next few days.
"It’s important that they refresh their minds and bring a different kind of energy for the first training back.
"Because we must use this space in the fixtures to improve things. We must give more from ourselves to get the three points, because in this league, if you relax for one second, any team can destroy any team.
"As a group we need to find consistency. We have a long way in front of us in this division, we are behind our targets - but we have a lot of games to make that up."