What? No midweek trip or night under the lights at the Madejski this week? A whole week to train with your teammates towards the end of a turbulent 2020? A luxury we hope to make the most of.
"We have been talking about this week as being a bit of a break – but it’s just a week, Saturday to Saturday. So it’s not really a break!
"No doubt we’ll be in training on Christmas Day," he smiled. "We’re lucky we’re not away from home – that’s a bonus!
"And it’s as big a break as you’ll get in the Championship I suppose.
"And now it’s about us building momentum in those games that come after Christmas. And that has to start with going into the Luton game on Boxing Day really positively."
The Royals host the Hatters at the Madejski on Boxing Day but will play before an enmpty stadium once more as restrictions in the south-east tightened once more to prevent the spread of the virus.
"Boxing Day football is one of those traditions in this country – sadly we won't have fans in the stadium and that’s normally what Boxing Day football is all about.
"I know I normally have all my family come down and watch on Boxing Day. So it’s a bit disheartening.
"But we’ll try and get the three points for the fans, get back to winning ways and start building some momentum running into the Swansea game.
"And I don’t see why we can’t get a result to start building that momentum. We’ve played well in the last six or seven weeks – although sometimes the results haven’t gone our way.
"We’ve had a real good spirit about ourselves, we’ve played some good football, we’ve looked dangerous at times and defended well at times.
"So there are lots of positive signs and it’s about keeping good moral within the squad and a good spirit in the team."