Boss' work ahead
Brian told Reading FC Player after the game, "Most of the team got 60 minutes, another group got half an hour so it was a good workout. I thought we were going to win 2-1, but we are getting close to the business end of the season so we need to get the details right, stop crosses and deal with the ball in the box. That's something we'll work on. I'm glad it's two weeks, it gives us time to prepare, keep working, we need that and come the first game at Madejski we'll be ready."
One major positive from the game was the return of Jem Karacan, back to play 20 minutes after his broken ankle at the tail end of last season. Brian said, "It was a shock really! I spoke to Luke Anthony, Jem has been dying to get some game time. He got 20 minutes, he's back quicker than we anticipated, he's trained really well and we're delighted to have him back.
"I've been a player myself, and sometimes if you concern yourself with the team or the 18 for the first game, that can drain your energy. I said to them let me pick the team, it will possibly change again against Chelsea and Sunderland, we'll need 20-odd players. We work as a group together, it's what we do for a living. I'm trying to take that distraction away from them."