Brad Potts says the team will be focused on looking just one game ahead as they start an eight game mini-season with the aim of getting in the Play-Offs.
The January transfer window recruit from Barnsley returned to action in the home win over Birmingham City and admitted that going into the international break, there was a lot of positivity around the club.
“We’ve been on a great run recently and found ourselves seventh in the league, so spirits are high, there are good vibes around the place and it is a massive end to the season for us now,” he told iFollow PNE.
“We’ve been on a great run and the international break has been a chance to refresh our legs to all be ready to go again against Reading. If we can carry on the run we have been into these eight games then I am sure we will get in the Play-Offs.
“With the run we have been on, the break might have come at the wrong time, but at the same time, it gave everyone a chance to refresh their bodies and have a bit of a rest to go again at the back end of the season.”
The team were back at Springfields on Monday, ready for a full week of preparation for the trip to the Madejski Stadium and the No.44 has been impressed by the progress made by the team since his arrival from Oakwell.
“We have eight games left, with Reading on Saturday and if we can win that one, then we will look to the next game, but we are just concentrating on Reading at the moment, to try and get the three points from that one,” he continued.
“When I joined, we were just seven points above the relegation zone, so it just shows how well we have done in the last few months. All the lads and the manager have said that if we keep winning games, then who knows where it could take us?
“If we can keep winning games, it puts pressure on other teams. We just need to keep concentrating on ourselves and if we can win a few more games on the bounce, then we can put it in our own hands and we want to be in that position.”
The weekend’s hosts have plenty to play for themselves and will go into the game looking to get a vital three points against the Lilywhites, something the midfielder is well aware of.
“Reading have got a lot to play for at the other of the table. They need the three points, so it won’t be an easy game, but we know that if we can go into the game and play like we know we can, then we can earn the three points.
“It is difficult to break teams down who sit behind the ball, but we are not expecting that from Reading. They need the three points and hopefully that will work to our advantage, giving us the opportunity to hit them on the counter,” he added.