Reading boss Phil Cousins looking for three wins to avoid relegation.
Leeds United v Reading
The FA Women's Premier League
2pm, Sunday 8 January 2012
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Reading face a nervous few weeks as they battle to retain their FA Women's Premier League status, and they travel to Leeds United on Sunday knowing they need a few more points to be assured of safety.
The Royals currently sit in seventh place but all the teams below them have games in hand. Manager Phil Cousins believes his team are capable of stringing a run of good performances together to end the season but is wary of the teams beneath them.
"In an ideal world we'd win our last three games now," he told TheFA.com.
"Whether that happens or not I don't know but if we were able to do that it would ensure that we're safe. If we don't we're looking over our shoulders for other results which is never nice. Sometimes that's the way it goes and you have to hope for some help from other teams.
"We've got a good side - I think it's stronger than it was last year. I just think the quality of the League has gone up. Compared to last year I would say every club is stronger - there's lots of competition."
There are not many stronger than Reading's next opponents Leeds, who are vying for the title with Sunderland.
"There are loads of different ways you can approach this game at Leeds," said Cousins.
"You can approach it thinking a point would be a good result but you can say 'well we can beat these' and on our day I think we can beat anyone in the League. We've shown that - we gave Sunderland a good game and probably should have beaten them. I'd like to come back with three points, as anyone would, and I think we can.
"As a team I'm confident in my players and staff that we've got enough to go and get the points that we need to keep us up."