Veljko Paunović says the competitor in him wants Reading to ‘aim to win every game’ as they look forward to a trip to Norwich on Saturday.
A trip to Carrow Road awaits the Royals, and Norwich could be crowned Champions with victory with the match nothing but a dead rubber for Reading.
But for a competitor like Paunović, there is no such thing as a dead rubber and all focus will be on trying to seal the three points and spoil Norwich’s party.
“It could be an opportunity to learn more about some players for the future,” said the Reading boss. “But the competitor in me says we have to aim to win every game.
“I still want to honour the remaining two games, to honour the league and the competition and to honour our opponents.
“I also want to honour our work and ourselves and I want to honour our fans. I want to keep competing, improve on our record this season.
“This campaign has been severe with so many games it has been very, very hard. Last weekend against Swansea, we had a few players who played who were playing on the verge of injury, or playing with an existent injury that was at risk of being made worse.
“The commitment of this group has been amazing… it’s priceless.
“So if somebody has earned that opportunity to play, he will be out there. But we don’t reward something for nothing.
“I will prepare the team to compete in these final two games. And we will aim to be competitive.
“The message that has been there all season has been to fight to the end and to give our best to the very end. And that is what we will do.”
Reading’s reflection on this season will come after their final two games, with Huddersfield Town travelling to the Madjeski Stadium next weekend after Saturday’s trip to Norwich.