MIDFIELDER John Swift is hoping Reading FC can keep their momentum building when they visit Brentford in the Skybet Championship on Saturday (3pm).

After gaining 10 points from four games under Mark Bowen, the playmaker is optimistic Royals can continue the run following the international break against a side he previously played for on loan.

The 24-year-old commented: “It’ll be another tough game. They are a good team and they had a good result before the international break as well.

“So it’s a game we’ll go into knowing it’ll be tough, but hopefully we can make it tough for them as well.

“They are a great team on their day and they can play some really good football. But we have shown that we can do the same.”

With confidence among Royals growing in recent weeks, Swift looked back on the influence new manager Bowen has instilled since taking over from Jose Gomes.

He said: “Before, we played with the ball a lot and tried to play out from the back at times when we shouldn’t have. Mark has come in and we’re all together, and we’re a team.

“You can see that – in the first 10 or 15 minutes we can go long and stretch teams, and it’s a tactic that we have had.

“It has been a change for everyone, but it has been a positive change and every player has taken to it and the tactics that he has brought in. We are doing well at the moment and we want to carry on.”

He continued: “It has been a good run of games for us. It was good to go into the break with a comfortable victory like the one we had against Luton.

“It has been a good run – but it’s been a tough run as well. We now need to go into the next run of games with the same mentality we came out of the last few."

With Reading having climbed to 17th in the table and five points above the drop zone, Swift said there can be no let-up in their performances.

He said: “Knowing we got 10 points from 12 available is a massive confidence boost. We have done well up until now, and we just want to carry on really.

“We aren’t that far away from the play-offs – anything can happen in the next few games. We have to keep doing what we’re doing.

"We are playing really well and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves because it’s just a few results in a long old season.”