Andy Yiadom has spoken of the intensity displayed in Reading's training sessions this week, as they have had time to prepare for the difficult task of taking on Leeds United at the weekend.
This has been Reading's first week without a midweek match since the start of January, with Mark Bowen and his squad able to put in valuable time on the training pitches this week as they gear up to face the league's high flyers.
Yiadom has recently made his return from a two-month injury absence, and he is relishing the challenge in front of him and the team for the remainder of the season.
"Training has been good," he said, taking shelter from the rain that was pelting Hogwood Park on Thursday. "We've come in and trained with a real intensity, and it's been really good. I've been out for a while so it's been good to get back and get some good training sessions in.
"Everyone's been putting in a good shift. We know there's a tough one coming up on the weekend, so everyone's been putting 100 per cent in and that makes training much better.
"It was good to come away from Sheffield and pick up three points and get a clean sheet. Everyone's got a spring in their step now, but we obviously know that there's another tough one on the weekend.
"Everyone's staying humble and working hard, so that come Saturday, everyone is 100 per cent on it.
"There are a lot of games coming up, but at the same time we have a big squad - we've got some good players here, and if someone's tired, someone else can come in and fill their place. There's confidence around the team, everyone's got a good feeling."
The test awaiting the Royals on Saturday is one of the toughest the Championship has to offer, with Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds currently occupying the second automatic promotion place.
Despite a recent blip in form that has seen a significant advantage at the top eroded, Saturday's hosts will be hoping to re-establish daylight between themselves and the chasing pack in the Sky Bet Championship.
"They're a great side," Yiadom discussed. "Elland Road will be a good place to go, especially with their fans. But we want to go there and cause an upset.
"We'll go there with confidence, we'll have a gameplan - we'll want to stick to that and see what we can do.
"The manager has told us how they play and how they like to come out of the traps and we want to be prepared for that."