Royals aim for deja vuThe Royals have experienced a number of phenomenal high-scoring games in recent times - and Tuesday night, albeit disappointing, was right up there.
Cast your mind back five years ago when Reading were on the wrong end of a thrilling 7-4 Premier League match at Portsmouth - and what happened the following weekend.
They faced Derby County, rock bottom of the league, and won 1-0. 20th placed Queens Park Rangers are next up for Brian McDermott's this weekend - who's to say that we can't replicate history?
Nicky Shorey experienced the highs and the lows that week in 2007, and the left back reckons the Royals can bounce back once again.
"It was another one of those freak games that happen now and again," he said. "We're got to take a look at it and figure out what we can do about it moving on.
"We'll bounce back - we've got great staff and good lads around the place. You just have to forget about it and concentrate on the league."
And the Royals have fond memories of their last visit to Loftus Road when, earlier this season, Shorey scored a sublime free kick to send Reading on their way to a fantastic 3-2 win in the Capital One Cup.
Defender Kaspars Gorkss will face his former employers on Sunday - and is eying up a repeat of September's Loftus Road triumph.
"We need to pick ourselves up as soon as possible for a massive game on Sunday - which is more important.
"It's a new game on Sunday and hopefully we can get the same result we got there earlier this season."
The Royals faithful have been outstanding so far this season - and the support is vital this weekend for another big game. Tickets are still on sale - to guarantee your seat, pop down to the Madejski Stadium until midday tomorrow.
Alternatively, call 0844 249 1871 or use www.readingfcdirect.co.uk. Tickets may be also be available on the day - at the cash only away turnstiles.