Nigel Adkins says he will need time to turn things around at Reading, claiming his work at the club has only just begun.
Former Southampton manager Adkins replaced Brian McDermott at the Madejski Stadium in March and has overseen just one point from a possible nine in his first three Premier League games.
The club are bottom of the league and 10 points from safety but Adkins says he is concentrating on making progression in every match.
"It's a very short space of time to implement our ideas, we're still on page one," he said. "There is a smile on the players' faces and a determination - they're putting the effort in too. Confidence can be affecting in different ways when you're at the wrong end of the table.
"What we have to do is keep looking positively forward, the implementation of playing in a different way to maybe what they have been accustomed to doing. The players are taking it all on board and working hard. In any game a player needs to be at their fittest and technical they have to be good.
"How far have Reading come? It's so hard to establish at this moment in time. We have a lot to do and the way we are approaching it is one game at a time. We've had a very good progression in the three games and the lads are working hard. If we can get a momentum about ourselves then we have to keep doing that."
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Adam Federici has welcomed the changes that Adkins is implementing at the club.
"Every manager has their own philosophy - the manager wants to pass the ball and we're looking forward to adapting to it,'' he told the club's official website.
"These things take time, we are looking forward to challenge of changing the way we play and moving forward as a club. We'll continue to work hard every day and I'm sure we will move forward.
"It's good to be settled, we know what we're doing. The work's been great, everyone's been enjoying it, we've got structure to team and we're all looking forward to the next game."