Reading boss Veljko Paunović is facing his first Saturday-Tuesday encounters in the league as Royals boss – just days after our weekend meeting in Middlesbrough, we are preparing to host neighbours Wycombe Wanderers.
It’s a short turnaround, with not long to prepare. But even without much of a backswing, it’ll be the same type of attitude taken into our latest challenge.
“Before the game on Tuesday, we’ll recover, prepare and lift our spirits again,” said Pauno.
“As I said to the team after the Middlesbrough game: when we play like this, I’m not worried at all. In fact I’m excited for the games ahead. We’ll keep humble, keep working, and keeping doing the same.
“Every game is a final, every game is different. Once you’re done with one game, you have to approach the next game as if it’s the last game – or the first! We’ll keep doing the same things.
“We have to work against the clock – we have just a couple of days to prepare so we have to accelerate everything we do.
“But it is the same approach, one game at a time. We will see how the guys are once we have everyone back, see how they recover.
The Chairboys have had a difficult start to their first ever campaign as a Championship side. No points on the board after five fixtures; even after scoring their first goal in the division against Millwall, they ultimately squandered the lead to lose 2-1 last weekend.
It is the sort of game that would typically attract a great crowd – but even without the derby atmosphere from the stands, our boss is keen to see another positive performance and to merit a victory.
“We have to do our best to be ready. We always want to win the game and get three points – no matter who we play,” Pauno continued.
“And we know that we have to respect every opponent and keep our feet on the ground.
“We’re missing our fans right now when they can’t attend the games. But it is what it is; we will not have that advantage playing at home.
“But we know what is at stake and what we have to do – and we will try to do it.”