Ivar: We are back on track

Royals ace hopeful over survival fight

Ingimarsson: In confident mood

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Reading defender Ivar Ingimarsson is confident the Royals have rid themselves of their losing habit at just the right time.

Steve Coppell's side host Manchester City on Saturday in the knowledge that a point would be enough to lift them out of the bottom three.

Victory at Middlesbrough last week ended an eight-game losing run that had seen the Royals slip from relative safety to the drop zone.

And Ingimarsson is convinced ending that sequence at a time when no fewer than seven teams near the bottom are separated by just four points could not have been better timed.

"It does affect you if you are losing all the time. You start thinking it doesn't matter what you do, you keep on losing," said Ingimarsson.

"Winning a game has brought the confidence back and we can go into the next game thinking 'we have shown it works, why can't we do it again?'

"Everybody knows the end of the season is approaching quickly so it was good to get that win as we were running out of games.

"We are still in the relegation zone but we can feel the difference. Our belief has come back and we have to build on that.

"We worked really hard to get into the Premier League and we are going to work as hard as we can to stay there."

Few had predicted at the start of the season that a side that had finished eighth and just missed out on Uefa Cup football in their first top-flight campaign would struggle so badly this term.

But Ingimarsson was quick to point out that no one had predicted last season's success in the first place either.

In our hands
"It is still in our hands what we do. We did so well last year that people are talking about failure," added Ingimarsson.

"But if this had been our first year in the Premier League they would be saying we were doing quite well because we are still in it with 10 games to go.

"Most people thought we were going to be dead and buried by Christmas in our first year.

"It hasn't exactly gone to plan this year but with 10 games to go we have everything to play for."