Rovers currently possess the joint-fifth best attacking record in the division, a sign that Tony Mowbray’s side are getting things right in the final third.
However, Rovers are making a habit of losing by one-goal margins, while Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers came as a result of a late strike from the home side.
Remaining just four points adrift of fifth position, Mowbray will not be too concerned that his team have dropped into the bottom half of the standings.
Nevertheless, they lack a killer instinct at both ends of the pitch, particularly in defence with their only clean sheets coming against goal-shy Barnsley and Hull City.
Another concerning statistic is no goals being scored from open play in the final quarter of a game since August 18, a record which has subsequently undone their previous good work.
Reading have been superb since the middle of September, a consequence of Veljko Paunovic adding some much-needed experience to his squad.
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However, despite a return of five wins from seven games, their record should have been even better having held a two-goal advantage against Blackpool on Wednesday night.
The Royals conceded three times in the final quarter to suffering a quite stunning defeat in front of their own supporters, leaving Paunovic with a job on his hands to raise the spirits in his squad.
While a quick turnaround should theoretically work in their favour, Reading can ill-afford a second defeat in quick succession ahead of hosting unbeaten leaders Bournemouth