Midfield anchor Pelé has been a keep component in the Royals’ recent run of league results; he was one of those given a break last weekend after heavy involvement in the four consecutive league wins.
Ahead of this weekend’s game against his former club Nottingham Forest, he discussed the benefit of that down-time, and his enjoyment of playing in the blue and white hoops.
“We have a big game against Nottingham Forest, but these few days off were great because we had played a lot of games,” explained Pelé. “Now we are fresh going into this match.
“It’s looking very good for us at the moment. The team has confidence now and we get onto the pitch, we can play against anyone.
“So our focus now is on Nottingham Forest and to do our best, to win the game.
“Now I feel I am starting to enjoy my football. When I came, I didn’t have so much confidence. But now I know all the players and I am starting to enjoy my football, and I’m doing my best to help the team. They help me all the time too.”
On loan at the City Ground at the back-end of last season, Pelé has fond memories of that stint as a Red.
But his full focus is on getting three points for his current club this weekend – and aiming for a fifth win on the bounce in the Sky Bet Championship.
He continued: “I enjoyed my time in Nottingham – it is a great club and a great city, and the fans are very emotional for their team and push them on. I enjoyed my time there a lot.
“The game is two teams who come into it in a good situation. They want to win, but we are at home and we want to win this game because we want to continue to do well.
“Forest are doing well this year and they are fighting for the play-offs – we want to go there too.
“We hope the support will be the same from our fans. The fans give us power and help us to fight for this great club. In the two games against Derby and QPR, the fans did very well and helped to push up our team. So we keep going together, to do our best.”