Royals stopper frank in defeat
Goalkeeper Stuart Taylor spoke frankly to Reading FC Player after Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers.
The Royals started brightly but faded at the Memorial Stadium with Garath McCleary's second half thunderbolt not quite enough to signal a Royals fight back.
"It's not good enough to be honest, we came to a League Two side, no disrespect, but we need to be doing a lot better than what we've done," said Taylor.
"I'm not saying we thought we would come here and walk all over them, that's never going to be the case because Bristol Rovers are a fantastic club - but the lads have to stand up today and say 'we have to do better'. I include myself in that, I hold my hands up for the first goal as I've come for a cross and missed it. But we didn't do enough."
The former Arsenal and Manchester City stopper has seen numerous pre-season campaigns in his time, and is confident that Nigel Adkins' men will learn quickly before the start of the campaign.
"We're looking to get back in the Premier League so we have to learn fast. There were no points on offer today, so we go away, take a look at things and work really hard. Confidence is not lacking at all - we will be ready to go on Saturday."
Watch Taylor's chat with Reading FC Player by clicking here.