Three games remain this season – two at Madejski Stadium, and one on the road.
First up, Middlesbrough visit RG2. Royals boss Mark Bowen is desperate to get three points on our own patch against Boro, to build a base of home comforts ahead of the new season.
“We want to try and push into the top half, or top ten, if we can,” he said.
“But the fact is that away from home seems to suit us a little bit better at the moment. I only base that on the fact that we’re tending to get better results away from home.
“So we need to get a home result on the board – it’s been too long coming now.
“Full focus – we’ll recover right from our game against Charlton and see how we are fitness-wise and try to get those three points.”
Irrespective of where we play, points are always important. And while it won’t affect our status as a Championship side, another win this weekend would have plenty of benefit.
So it’s a case of everyone sticking to task and being fully switched on – especially against a Neil Warnock side which will undoubtedly scrap for anything.
“You want to create a winning mentality,” Bowen said. “I’ll never let players sit back and think, ‘we’re mid-table, it doesn’t really matter’. In this league, you’ll get beat. If you take the top three or four teams out of it, and there’s very little between the rest of them.
“You only need to have one or two players who are going through the motions a bit, and you won’t win. It’s as simple as that. Fine margins, refereeing decisions… all these things contribute, every weekend, to whether you get points on the board or you don’t. So we need to be fully focused in every game.
“I’ve got a hell of a lot of respect for Neil and what he’s done in this division. He’s the king of it. He gets the best out of his team and seems to get results week in, week out.
“He’ll look at us and try to find faults in our game, any weaknesses, and try to exploit them. So we need to make sure we’re well prepared.”