Howard told the club's official website: "We owe them one, I thought we outplayed them at our place but they won the game.
"It's a tough week but we're really enjoying it at the moment. Nobody will want to play us and we're hard to beat. We won't worry too much about the opposition, we'll get ourselves right and hopefully put in a good performance."
Howard is also keen to continue his impressive midfield partnership with Jay Tabb.
The duo have started the Royals' last seven games in all competitions and Howard added: "I'm enjoying it, people might look at us both and say we're two small central midfielders but we get ourselves about. We're both comfortable on the ball and we can get forward and go back as well. We're both enjoying it and as long as we're getting results long may it continue."