Adam Le Fondre believes the Royals showed plenty of 'character and calmness' on Saturday to overcome an early Crawley strike to safely progress into the FA Cup fourth round.
The striker returned to the side with a brace at Broadfield Stadium - and despite coming very close to notching a hat-trick, Le Fondre was just pleased to set up a tie with Sheffield United.
"I was getting tired towards the end - not starting in a few games took it's toll but I'm just glad we won the game," Alfie said.
"I'm the penalty taker so it's my job (to score)! I had a bit more life in my legs with this penalty compared to the one against Everton - and it was nice to see it go in.
"After 14 seconds we went 1-0 down and it looked like it was going to be one of those days. But I think we showed a lot of character and calmness. We got on the ball, got in wide areas and created chances to put away.
"Personally I was bit disappointed not to get the match ball - I had some chances at the end but it just wasn't meant to be."
ALF also stressed the importance of the entire group as the Royals prepare for Saturday's match against West Bromwich Albion at Madejski Stadium.
"I just hope to be involved - it's not just about me it's about the whole team. That's the sentiment of what we've got here," he added.
"If I start - then brilliant. Hopefully I can take my goals into the next game."