Reading boss Ruben Selles believed his side have 'performed well' in a hectic month of seven matches, but has called on his players to compete for '100 per cent of the time.'

Playing, on average, every four days- this week is the first time in February that the Royals have not been in action.

Three wins, two draws and two defeats helped push the side up to 16th, building a buffer to the relegation zone.

This was reduced to just three points, through no fault of the club, for Dai Yongge's failure to pay HMRC on time last year.

Assessing the form after defeat to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, the Spaniard said: “I think we performed well. We performed well and fought every team.

"We put some performances together to get more points than we did, drawing at Fleetwood in the last minute with a questionable goal and the game against Portsmouth should never have been the score it was. Realistically, today’s first six minutes were not the team we used to have, and is not us.

"We are a team that is performing, a team that is competing and a team that can compete against anybody. That is what we want to be. Now we need to learn that if we want to go out of the relegation battle, it is not enough to do it 90 per cent of the time. We have to do it 100 per cent of the time for 90 minutes.”

Reading, and over 1,300 supporters, travel to bottom club Carlisle United on Saturday.