Veljko Paunović is challenging his side and himself to continue to improve after Tuesday night's defeat at Wycombe Wanderers, but doesn't doubt the commitment nor the ambition of his group of players going into Saturday's meeting with the Millers.
The Royals boss knows that there are 14 tough games ahead, and 42 more points up for grabs, each one difficult, each one against a team with their own specific style in a run-in that begins at Rotherham this weekend.
"On Tuesday night, all of my players gave their best - commitment wasn't a problem. But I’m also sure that we can all say we could do better. We all have to improve, myself included," he began.
"I’m proud of my players. They care a lot – I see it in their eyes and we had players very upset in the changing room after the game on Tuesday night.
"Sometimes we don’t have a good game. We all understand that it happens.
"But we always say 'give your best'. You can have a bad day but you cannot withdraw from the game. You have to be committed and these players are.
"We’re in a bad stretch right now. But I know we’re going to bounce back.
"Mentality is built and has to be nourished. We built our mentality at the start of the season and we have to nourish it. We have a lot of meetings about our mentality – we had one at the start of this week and the reaction was positive.
"As a team, we still have to develop. I absolutely believe in this group. And we will keep supporting our guys."
Rotherham present another considerable banana skin for the Royals - battling at the other end of the table, the Millers will pose as difficult a test as any other team vying for points in this incredibly tough division.
"It’s an error to plant expectations," Pauno continued. "In this league, you can’t look at the calendar and say we’re going to beat this team or that team.
"It’s not possible in the Championship. You always have to expect your opponents will be tough, they will play their own game and we have to play ours."