"We've come a long way"
Midfielder Danny Guthrie believes the Royals have come a long way in the seven games that manager Nigel Adkins has taken charge of, despite Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.
The Royals were punished for both goals by some superb finishing from last season's Barclays Premier League Champions - but Guthrie rightly pointed out that Reading were certainly in the game for large spells.
"It was difficult at times," Danny admitted. "We shot ourselves in the foot with the two goals, they were poor from our point of view. At one nil we had some chances but the second goal killed the game off.
"But it's been a change for me and I'm really enjoy playing. The style of football suits me, and I think the boys are progressing well with it. We've come a long way from the first game under the new gaffer at Arsenal.
"Everyone is getting to know their new role and the style of play. You can see we've had glimpses of it coming off each week. Even against City at 1-0 we kept the ball and created some chances."
Guthrie added that the squad has completely come to terms with relegation from the top flight, and that everyone is looking ahead to the 2013/14 campaign in the Championship.
"It's disappointing but we've come to terms with it and everyone's looking forward to next season. Everyone's in the same boat. We've been aware for a couple of weeks now what the reality is and we've all got our heads round it.
"I've got two years left on my contract, we've got a great squad here and I'm really looking forward to next season."