Reading assistant coach Kevin Dillon says they'll stay up if they can beat Derby on Sunday.
"If we win at Derby, I honestly believe that we'll be OK," said the first-team coach. "That's not bravado - that's fact as far as I'm concerned. Let's put it this way, if we can't beat Derby, it will be hard to take.
"They've had a bad season. Paul Jewell has gone in there and had massive problems from the start, and they're going to have the lowest points in the top flight, lower than Sunderland. Pride Park must be a pretty dour place to play for their players.
"Last game of the season, we've got everything to play for. We've got our Premier League future at stake and we need to win.
"Mark Hughes is a typical Alex Ferguson sibling, like Steve Bruce and Roy Keane, and it shows in the way they all manage."