It’s the kind of game where we’d just love to have our supporters rocking in the stands. But even though our trip to Wycombe Wanderers will be behind closed doors on Tuesday, Reading boss Veljko Paunović is still calling on his team to put in a derby-day performance – matching his opponents in the battle and looking to deliver the result.
The Chairboys have their own objective to play for as they look to avoid the drop; they gave us a tough encounter earlier in the campaign at Madejski Stadium and nothing can be taken for granted ahead of the game.
“It would have been a great game to have had our fans – but these are the times we are in,” Pauno said. “I am sure the fans will be vibrant and supporting the team from their homes – they will be with the team, as much as they can express it.
“We will feel their support at Wycombe, and we’ll look to deliver the best possible performance.
“It will be a war out there – we are ready for that. We know what’s coming, and we have to have our warriors ready for battle.
“We have to remind ourselves that this is not an easy league… there will be tougher games ahead. All of that is coming.
“So we have to embrace and absorb any adversity and we always have to show our identity out there.
“In the second half against Middlesbrough, the identity was there and we were looking to score that goal. And the way we finished the game, that’s how we have to start the next one: showing our guts out there.”