Dutchman reflects on Bournemouth defeatRoyston Drenthe says the Royals must swallow Tuesday night's defeat to in-form Bournemouth and come back stronger for the final five games of the season.
The former Real Madrid man accepted that the Cherries were better than us, particularly in the first half at the Goldsands Stadium as they scored all three of their goals in the 3-1 loss.
"I have mixed feelings about the first half," he told readingfc.co.uk. "I think we started really well and were on them straight away. We created a chance early on and Jordan had a good shot and we were close from a corner afterwards.
"But after that our communication wasn't good enough, against a team who knock the ball around really well. If you can score three goals against us in a first half then you have done well.
"We can only blame ourselves, look in the mirror and be disappointed. But you have to give some credit to Bournemouth because I think they did really well.
"In the second half we did the kind of things you have to to win these kind of games. We have to think about it, come back and be on it and get a good result on Monday."
Though Royston could not find a goal to celebrate his 27th Birthday on Tuesday night, he took time out to thank the our supporters who wished him well and backed the Royals throughout the game.
"Our fans were great at Bournemouth, especially to me as they kept shouting Happy Birthday to me. I really appreciate that, I can't say a bad word about them. They back me in every difficult time and every good time.
"Extra credit goes to them. Even when we were 3-0 down, they were still shouting for us and still supporting us. Hopefully they can be positive and strong on Monday so we can take the three points."