Reading manager Brian McDermott has backed striker Shane Long to get among the goals soon.
Long was again impressive in the 4-3 win at home to Doncaster on Saturday without finding the net and has managed just two goals all season - both penalties.
But McDermott said: "When you play one up front you need that physicality and he gets battered from week to week.
"He's an honest lad, he keeps going and gives everything he can in that shirt.
"You can't ask for more than that."