David Wagner says that by producing the same level of performance and finding a more clinical touch in front of goal, Huddersfield Town have a great chance of beating Reading.
His side go into the Tuesday-night home Championship clash without a win in three and in 18th place, seven points above the relegation zone.
That’s after a 2-0 defeat at fifth-placed Derby County which head coach Wagner put down to “some small key points which were in our opponents’ direction.”
It was a second successive loss and the second game running in which Town have failed to score.
But the boss said: “We deserved at least a draw, but I am able to accept this defeat.
“I was satisfied with the performance. We brought our identity to the pitch.
“At the end I had a much better feeling than I did for example after the Ipswich game (which Town lost 1-0).
“We have to keep our heads up and we know what we have to bring to the pitch against Reading.
“We only have to confirm our performance and our style and we will get results.
“Against Derby, my players tried everything, worked unbelievably hard and created good chances against a very good opponent.
“They did what we asked of them in terms of closing the centre of the pitch, denying the opposition space, being aggressive, being good in transition and creating chances.
“It was a good game and it’s not nice to lose, but we tried everything and sometimes you have to accept a result.
“We were able to leave the stadium with our heads up.”
Wagner hopes to have winger Scannell available against Reading, who are 11th after a 2-2 draw at home to Fulham.
The winger has missed 11 games with a knee injury.
Town Under 21s also have a Tuesday game, away to Barnsley in the Professional Development League II (1.00).