Sone Aluko has warned his Reading teammates to anticipate a tough game when they travel to Portman Road Stadium for their English Championship encounter.
On Monday, Jaap Stam’s men missed a chance to nick their eighth league win this term when they conceded twice late in the game to settle for a 2-2 draw.
And the former Fulham forward has charged his teammates to expect a similar game when they confront Ipswich this weekend.
“It’s always a tough place to go and I think it will be similar to Monday’s game,” Aluko told Reading Chronicle.
“It will be tough and physical, there’s no doubt about that.
“It will be a proper Championship game and we’re going to have to show our best form.
“Ipswich are a strong team and their manager knows the league well and how to handle it. We’ll have to be focused.”
Despite the disappointment at Madejski Stadium, the Nigeria international is upbeat that the team will go into this game with a lot of confidence though he acknowledged that they must improve defensively.
“The performances have turned. We started the season slowly and were a bit hit and miss, but now we’re more consistent,” he continued.
“The fact we’re disappointed we didn’t beat Cardiff who are second in the league is a testament to how well we’ve been playing recently.
“But there are a lot of points still left to play for and I’m sure there will be lot of twists and turns.
“We we’re disappointed on Monday but we’re still confident going forward.”
“You shouldn’t have to score three goals at home to win a game, if you score twice you need to see the game out.
“Defensively we need to be stronger. We got sucked in to dropping too deep.
“Cardiff kept pushing and put a lot of balls into our box and took their goals well
Reading have only managed 27 points this season from 21 games to stay in the 14th spot, 21 adrift of league leaders, Wolverhampton Wanderers.