Reading chief Nigel Adkins insists the club must win every game to have any chance of beating the drop.
The Scouser – who began the season at Southampton before being sacked in January – admitted that anything less won’t be enough.
“We made it perfectly clear to the players after Norwich that we need to win every game,” he told the official Reading website.
However the situation is no longer in Reading’s hands – their fate will be sealed if Aston Villa win any of their remaining fixtures.
Adkins believes his side will retain their focus though, despite the precarious predicament they find themselves in.
“Let’s not hide away from where we are in the division, it’s always going to be a massive challenge," he said.
“We’re at the wrong end of the division and we won’t hide from that."
Sunday sees Queens Park Rangers visit the Madejski Stadium, with both sides needing a win to prolong their relegation battle for another week at least.
A difficult season for the Berkshire-based club saw Brian McDermott sacked, but his replacement hasn’t had much time to rubberstamp his methods and lift the team to safety.
“I’ve been here four games now, we’ve talked about a potential changing face of how we go and play the game, but ultimately it’s what you do in both boxes,” he explained.
The former-Scunthorpe manager won’t want to admit it, but the stark reality of their position means they need a miracle to avoid being consigned to the Championship next term.