Stephen Kelly believes Reading are improving under new boss Nigel Adkins after keeping a clean sheet against Liverpool at the weekend.
The Royals held Brendan Rodgers' side to a 0-0 draw in Saturday’s Premier League clash but still appear doomed to relegation, ten points from safety at the foot of the table.
Despite their lowly league position Kelly insists that last season’s Championship winners are improving every game and their hard work in training is beginning to pay off.
"It was nice to get a clean sheet - Alex [McCarthy] was obviously fantastic," he told the club’s official website.
"Every game since the manager has come in we've got better and we've been working really hard. It's good positive building - gradually we've been getting better and fitter and imposing ourselves on the games.
"They had a lot of possession and a good few chances but I think that point was coming for us. Overall, it was a very good team effort - to keep them to 0-0 here is great and delighted to get a clean sheet as a defender.
"I felt that it could have been our day as Liverpool didn't take their chances, so it was there for us to nick it but it wasn't to be. But a clean sheet is fantastic and it's something to build on.
"In the last couple of weeks we've been gradually building on little things and working on things in training. You can see it's been implemented on the pitch and that we've building on it."