Striker left disappointed at Forest showing
In other circumstances, notching goals number 15 and 16 for the season would be a reason to cheer for any player.
But Yann Kermorgant wasn’t in celebratory mood after full-time at the City Ground – a brace for the Frenchman wasn’t enough to complete a comeback against a Nottingham Forest who at one point had a three-goal cushion.
The Royals trailed to a Britt Assombalonga goal at the break – and the Forest forward doubled the lead within a few moments of the restart, before Mustapha Carayol added a third. Kermorgant struck twice in reply and captain Chris Gunter was denied a penalty appeal; the Reds held on.
“Of course, I would have preferred a 1-0 win with any other player scoring,” said the Frenchman. “Today was not a great game – we weren’t good enough, especially in the first half.
“At half-time we wanted to change a few things and come back better in the second half to push for the win, but you can’t afford to concede another goal two minutes into the second half. You make it even more difficult for yourself.
“We pushed for the draw and we should have had a penalty, but unfortunately today wasn’t good enough and we couldn’t expect more than a loss.
“When you are 3-0 down, it is difficult to expect something from the game. We showed some character to come back to 3-2 and we should have had the penalty which would have given a chance for the equaliser – but we weren’t good enough.
“Our target is to be in the play-offs and we have to be better away from home. That can kill your qualification in the play-offs – if you lose 3-0 away, you’re done for in the second leg. So we have to be careful and learn from the game today.”
A win would have guaranteed a play-off spot, but the opportunity was missed.
But now the Royals need just a point against Wigan next weekend – Kermorgant has his eyes on all three.
“We will target a win,” continued the centre-forward. “We wanted to win the last three, starting today.
“We missed a step and unfortunately didn’t get the point, but next weekend all the focus will be on the home game and trying to get that win.”