Jay Tabb expects Reading to beat Norwich City
Reading midfielder Jay Tabb views Norwich City's Premier League visit this weekend as the perfect opportunity to get the Royals' first top flight win since being promoted in the summer.
Brian McDermott's men were pegged back for the fifth time already this campaign on Sunday after fellow strugglers QPR salvaged a draw at Loftus Road. Tabb believes upcoming league games against the Canaries, Wigan, Aston Villa and Southampton are crucial to their hopes of emulating Norwich's survival success last season.
'This is a massive month when you look at the games, and we have to get some wins,' he said. 'The confidence is there, it's not nagging on our minds, we are playing good stuff. Norwich is a home game which we would expect to win, we are scoring goals at home and playing well so we just need that first win then we can go on a little run, probably not similar to last year, but if we get a few wins everyone can relax a little bit more, including the fans.
'It would be different if it didn't look like we were going to win, then you could say something is wrong, but we are looking like we could win most weeks and we have to turn the draws into wins and we will be alright.'
Tabb admits Reading's inability to kill games off in the Premier League underlines the gulf in quality from the Championship.
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'If you win just three of those games it's a different story,' he said. 'The team is playing well, you can't look at anyone and say they are playing badly, for some reason it's just not going for us. We held on to leads last year, it was one of our strengths, we held on to the lead and never gave it up.
'But there's that bit of extra quality in the Premier League, look at Brian Ruiz for Fulham when we played them, he scored a goal out of nothing, that is the difference, and maybe we are not getting the rub of the green. We need to address it though.'
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Team mate Sean Morrison believes beating expected rivals is key ahead of what could be his Premier League home debut against Chris Hughton's side after featuring at QPR.
'Every game is winnable,' he told Reading's official site. 'We'll be going into the game with confidence and we'll be doing our best to get three points. The games against the teams in and around you are especially important - and between now and Christmas we'll be doing everything we can to get points on the board. But you don't want to look too far ahead – just focus on the next game.'