Reading FC Women boss Kelly Chambers has said she is glad that her side have a midweek game after their 4-2 loss at home to Yeovil Town Ladies on Saturday.
The Royals, who have dropped to second place behind leaders Doncaster, host 10th-placed Oxford United on Thursday.
"It is actually a good thing," Chambers told BBC Sport. "We need to brush the defeat away and push it to one side.
"At least we can try to bounce back and get back to how we can really perform. We just didn't turn up (on Saturday)."
|Reading's 4-2 loss against Yeovil Town was an exact reverse of the scoreline when the two sides met in their first match of the season|
Saturday's defeat was Reading's first of the season, after a run of three wins from their first three league games.
They are the top goalscorers in Women's Super League 2 so far this season, with 16 goals in four league games, but Chambers feels they could have added to that total.
"We need to take our chances," she added. "Nothing went our way (on Saturday). But that's football.
"I'm hoping, now that the girls have had a little eye-opener, to make sure they do bounce back and perform week in, week out."