Having seen the Royals relegated from the Premier League by the finest of margins during his time as the club's chief scout, the 51-year-old is keen to avoid a repeat
The Royals currently sit in 19th place in the top flight, a point short of safety, but have a better goal difference than both Aston Villa and Wigan in 18th and 17th respectively.
The 51-year-old was chief scout at the Berkshire club when they were relegated by virtue of goal difference in 2008, and is eager to avoid a similar situation this time around.
“It could go down to goal difference. I was there that day [during relegation] and I know all about that,” he told reporters.
“It was painful to go down. I remember we were 4-0 up against Derby and if we had scored another three goals then we would have stayed up. We were playing that well that we had a chance.
“We nearly did it, but that is history. You have to make sure you get the details right, it is so close.
“We were 3-0 down to Wigan with 10 men after 50-odd minutes and the way that they were playing it could have been anything.
“But we went down by three goals. Hal Robson-Kanu scored late [in a 3-1 defeat] against Everton last Saturday.
“Staying in the game is so important. There are fine margins and if it is down to millimetres and that’s what it takes then great.”