Brian McDermott believes his current Reading side boast a number of the same traits as the Royals team that swept to the Championship title in 2006.
A hard-fought 2-0 victory over 10-man Leeds on Friday saw Reading to the second-tier summit for the first time since they booked a Premier League ticket six years ago.
McDermott is refusing to speculate on whether the class of 2012 can replicate that achievement, but he is delighted with their efforts so far.
"I was here in 2006, so I have got a good memory," he told Sky Sports.
"Six years ago, the first time we have been top, but where we are now is not particularly relevant, it will be where we are on 28th April that will be very relevant."
He added: "They have got character. They know how to win games, as that group did in 2005/06. They know what's required.
"We had a fantastic group of people in 2005/06 and we have got the same in the dressing room now as far as what they're about, what their ethics are, and they know how to win, so there are similarities."
Patience was the order of the day at the Madejski Stadium in the Royals' latest outing, with Adam Le Fondre stepping off the bench to net twice in the final six minutes.
McDermott said: "I watched Man United play Blackburn on Monday night and Man United came through it and they won 2-0. What a bunch they are, and I've got a fantastic bunch of players here.
"We just had to keep going and we hoped that if we kept knocking on the door we would get a chance or an opportunity, and Adam Le Fondre is one of the best men in the game to finish it off."