Royals boss Veljko Paunović is eager to avoid putting too much pressure on his team, but is aware of the magnitude of Wednesday evening's meeting with fellow promotion hopefuls Brentford.
The Bees who currently occupy a top two spot, come into the game unbeaten in the league since late October, but Pauno is focused solely on the constant improvement of his team ahead of our midweek meeting with Thomas Frank's side.
The Royals meanwhile remain in fourth in the table, losing ground on Swansea and Brentford over the weekend, but retaining a play-off place going into Wednesday's rearranged game under the lights at Madejski Stadium.
He said: "It’s a very important game of course, one of the most important in the season so far. But we don’t want to put that pressure on us.
"So while we are aware of the time of the season we are in – it’s a hard stretch of games coming up and the pressure is building, but we’re not going to put extra pressure on our shoulders.
"So we will give our all to try to win that game.
“We remain disciplined towards what we control. We look for improvement, we look to keep our minds on ourselves and our environment, wherever we can get better, look to upgrade our game. That’s the main focus for us.
"We are looking to go through this stretch of games and remain in the top six. We want to improve our position, of course, but we know the only thing we control is our performances and the preparation for the next opponent, the next game.”