It’s not just the Royals who are experiencing an upturn of form under their new boss. Millwall, who appointed Gary Rowett in October, are on a three-game winning run at the Den in league and cup – the likes of Leeds, Preston, Sheffield Wednesday and Brentford have all lost there this season.
So the ambition of taking our unbeaten streak to ten games – ideally with a win – will be a tough one against a team who are just a point away from the play-off places. But that’s the aim on Saturday; get things right and go home happy again.
“That’s what we’ve got to aim for – and no doubt about it, Millwall will ask major questions of us,” said Reading boss Mark Bowen. “From the first minute to the last.
“Any team that goes to Millwall, at any time, it’s a test for them. We need to get things right on the training ground on Thursday and Friday and go there focused on the job in hand.
“It is a difficult place to go – and right through the game, we need to make sure we’re prepared.
“But we will have everyone together – the lads who travelled up to Blackpool and the ones who were left back in Reading. We’ll prepare together in detail for our trip to Millwall on Saturday.”
There are no new doubts for the match – and in fact, potentially more difficult decisions for the manager to make, thanks to an eye-catching performance from some of the lesser-used players in Blackpool on Tuesday as they impressed in the FA Cup.
“The players who weren’t at Blackpool all trained on Tuesday morning – and other than the players who have been out a bit longer term, everyone is okay,” he continued.
“And the players who were at Blackpool are now looking at me wide-eyed thinking ‘have I got a chance to be involved on Saturday’ as well.”