Boss on Pride Park clashManager Nigel Adkins told Reading FC Player that the first goal was key as his side went down 2-0 to Derby.
Reading had a number of good moments, including a first half chance for Jamie Mackie, but the Rams prevailed with two second half goals.
Adkins said, "I thought overall it was a good game of football. We wanted to win the game but unfortunately we've gone out, Derby are through so good luck to them.
"We had a great opportunity with Jamie Mackie in the first half, he's through one on one with the 'keeper and he's made a great save, then another stop from Ryan Edwards. To be fair Mikkel Andersen made a fantastic save as well.
"The first goal was always going to be key, Derby got it with one ball, and then a second from some good wing play in fairness," He continued, "Derby play some excellent possession football. Today we've set up a different way to give them problems. Second half I thought we were in good control of the game, Hal has forced another good save from the 'keeper, we're getting crosses in and a lot of blocked shots coming in.
"Then totally against the run of play, for me, they've scored, they put two up front, and the lad has gone through and puts it away really, really well. Against a team who play excellent possession football I thought it was us who were in control of the game at that time. Unfortunately the goal changes the complexion, great bit of wing play leading into the second goal which is unfortunately a deflection - the second one in two games now."
Hal Robson-Kanu and Danny Guthrie both started the match, and the boss said, "Great that we've managed to get Hal Robson-Kanu and Danny Guthrie a good 70/75 minutes. Aaron Kuhl played 90 minutes, he grew into the game and did ever so well in the second half. And I thought Michael Hector was outstanding at the back."