Royals boss Veljko Paunović feels a rare week without a midweek fixture has been put to good effect, as he looks ahead to Saturday’s trip to the Midlands to pit ourselves against a ‘very good’ Nottingham Forest side.
The manager knows his side will be full of confidence and credits their consistency for this, as they look to make it four wins on the bounce at the City Ground on Saturday.
He said: “It’s been very helpful, we appreciate that we’ve had a full week of training to keep developing our team, keep improving our game, and most importantly recovering and regenerating our players.
“It’s been a very good week of training, and we look forward to increasing our intensity and our performances moving forward into a very busy and important stretch of the season.
“It’s always one game at a time, our approach continues to be the same and we know what we have to do. We know where we are at this point in the season, and we’re very aware and eager to be in the best possible shape to confront the next opponents.
Despite watching his side beat Saturday’s hosts earlier in the season, Pauno knows that Forest have plenty of good players, and past results will count for nothing when the whistle blows in Nottingham this weekend.
He added: “It’s never an easy game against Forest, they’re a very good side and we know we will have to be at our best to match another strong team in the league.
“So far, we have been very consistent with our performances, I’m happy for the team that their confidence keeps growing, and most importantly that the conviction is good, and that we are a team playing good football, being combative and capable of beating anyone.
“The confidence comes with the consistency of doing the right things day in, day out and always doing your best and fulfilling the objectives and expectations we have in our environment.
“Injured players are recovering; we’re looking forward in the next couple of days to seeing how many of them we can regroup, and who will be ready for Saturday.”
The manager finished by touching on the versatility of his side: “It’s very important for the team to have players who can adapt to different positions at any given moment, learn quickly and perform for the team. We look forward to keeping improving.”