Although Reading are favourites to go down, the boss expects a difficult game against Brian McDermott's Royals.
"I think away games are getting more difficult in the Barclays Premier League," he explained. "Our game at Norwich is a good example of that.
"Norwich fought like tigers. They were really organised and motivated and made it a difficult day for us and I think we can expect the same at Reading. When Brian became manager there it took him a little bit of time to get his ideas across but look at the second half of last season – they came from nowhere to win the league.
"They’re definitely a club that are improving and although they’ve not had a lot of wins, they’re always hard games against them. I expect what we got at Norwich – a really difficult game."