Boss reflects on defeat
Brian admitted that the first half was a big disappointment to him, but he was buoyed by an improvement after the break and a late consolation goal from Hal Robson-Kanu.
"We had to make the change at half time, then we were better for 20 minutes but we needed to score in that period to make it a different game. Bale's goal killed us. We were a lot better in the period leading up to that but we came up against a top class side who played well. They deserved to win.
"I know we'll play top class opposition and we'll lose games - I can take losing but we can't have the way we lost the first half.
Brian was asked if a 25-day period without a game - longer than the entire Euro 2012 tournament this summer - was a factor and he said, "I think we needed a game, we'd not played in three and a half weeks which is unheard of in any league, never mind the Barclays Premier League. We'll be better for the game, we know we can give a better account of ourselves. We scored late on, we had a good period and we'll move on quickly."
Reading may have had two penalties, but Brian was more concerned with his own team's display than any decisions, commenting, "I thought it was a penalty, and for the first half one he said Alex fouled Walker, but I can't talk about those things, it's about us and how we have to play at home, that wasn't us in the first half."
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