After three disappointing results in a row, these are the things I think we must do to beat Reading on Tuesday night:
1) Come flying out of the blocks and get the crowd up for it.
Reading will be buoyed by their win at the weekend and will be looking to keep the ‘new manager bounce’ going against an out-of-sorts Villa who have taken only one point from the last three (very winnable) matches against teams struggling at the wrong end of the table.
We need to be up for this from the word go – failure to secure all three points could be a body blow in our bid to cement a play-off place. Getting the crowd onside early will be important, otherwise the atmosphere could be as flat as it was against QPR, with the inevitably lifeless performance which followed.