Veljko Paunović knows that his side are approaching a crucial stage of the season, as he looks for the Royals to get their own back against Coventry City, who arrive at Madejski Stadium tomorrow evening.
The Sky Blues may have handed us our first league defeat of the season last time we met, but Pauno insists that will have no bearing on Tuesday night, in what is a completely different moment for both teams.
He said: “Coventry are a very good team, but we always approach our games one at a time, and we will give our best each time. We will be ready for tomorrow when kick-off comes, and as the game rolls on, we will put on the best performance possible.
“I think there are two main things to take from the games we have played, we have to learn from them and then look to apply those lessons, not only when we play those teams again, but in every game that we are challenged. Against every opponent we have a different focus.
“It’s a different game for both teams this time, and a different moment in the season. We are preparing a different approach for it.
“It’s a chance for us to fix what we haven’t done well in the past.”
Having seen our home clash against Brentford postponed last weekend, Pauno revealed he felt that the 10 days without a fixture had been used to good effect.
He added: “It helped us to allow the team to recover and refocus. We are heading into a very important part of the season and I think that the break we have had has helped us to approach it.
“Now the most important thing for us to understand is that we need to switch to competition mode because this is the big thing for us now.
“I think we have taken advantage of the time, a lot of players are back, everyone is refreshed and getting sharp for the upcoming games, and tomorrow’s match is crucial for us moving forward. We are very motivated and looking forward to the challenge.”
Pauno also touched on the importance of the club’s training ground offering a safe and secure environment, which has been aided by the rigorous testing taking place at Bearwood throughout the campaign.
He concluded: “It’s an additional task that we have to do every day, to keep ourselves healthy and deal with the testing to keep our environment safe and our players safe from the virus.
“On that side its so far, so good and we will keep addressing the players on the new rules and the guidance we must follow. We are still focused on playing football.
“We will look to keep improving on every side of the game and keep improving our environment, but I truly believe our group is self-aware and we are in a good place.”