Skipper Jobi McAnuff was pleased to notch his first goal of the season - although it wasn't quite enough to deny Manchester United a narrow 2-1 FA Cup fifth round victory.
Despite the difference in multi-million pound quality, there wasn't a great deal in it between the two sides on Monday night at Old Trafford - and Jobi thought we could have definitely pinched a replay.
"Overall, there were a lot of positives to take out of it," said the captain. "It's a pretty imposing place to come but I thought that we gave a good account of ourselves and were very solid.
"We had a bit of a bad spell in the second half where they were on top - I think van Persie coming on made a bit of a difference. We're just disappointed with the goals from our point of view but we showed great character to get a goal and we could have nicked something. We've taken a lot out of it and it's put us in a good mood for Saturday.
"You look at teams like this and they're able to bring players of that calibre on. I thought Nani was outstanding when he came on - sometimes you just have to hold your hands up as you know how good these players are."
And after finding the back of the net for the first time since his strike at Barnsley almost a year a go - Jobi says he wants to get on the scoresheet again this season as the Royals look to resume their solid Barclays Premier League form.
"It's a nice place to get one - long overdue from my point of view. Hopefully there'll be a few more important ones to come between now and the end of the season. But the main thing is to keep performing well," he added.
"They're all big games and obviously we've put ourselves in a decent position from where we were. Earlier this season we were losing to teams in and around us so we need to learn from that. Of course, we're going to try and win the game but it's just about picking up as many points as possible. We're in decent form and playing fairly well. We're very confident at the moment and we've just got to keep going."