Liam Moore says this Royals side need to gain momentum as soon as possible following Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
Conor Washington followed a first half headed finish up with a well-taken penalty to give the hosts the victory on the day.
Tiago Ilori was given a straight red card in giving the spot kick away, leaving the Royals down to 10 men for the final half-hour.
Reflecting on the challenge of Saturday's game, Moore said: "That’s the Championship. Very tough, very competitive, it was the first game of the season so we wanted to get the win, but today it wasn’t meant to be.
"We’ve definitely got a few things we can touch up and improve on, we’re always learning and we’ve got to look ahead to the next game now.
"We kind of knew what they were going to do. It’s a compact stadium, we knew that if they could start on the front foot and the fans get behind them, then they can progress like that.
"Unfortunately today we didn’t manage to handle that from early on in the game.
"It’s something that needs addressing, but I fully believe in the group of players that we can kick on and do that again, I’m sure that we’ll see that again soon."
In the build-up to the penalty decision, debutant striker Jón Daði Böðvarsson was brought down and eventually substituted with the subsequent knee injury.
With four players making their debuts in a Reading shirt on Saturday afternoon, Moore hopes the new signings can gel with the squad quickly to build momentum as soon as possible.
"It’s about being competitive, as much as you need a bit of time bedding in, introducing new players to the style of play that we play, they need to be ready.
"We need to be ready as a team because you can’t let this league escape you, you can’t lose for a few weeks in a row because you can find yourself in a difficult place.
"It’s about trying to build momentum as early as possible and we need to look to do that next Saturday."
Next up for the Royals is a visit from League One side Gillingham in the Carabao Cup, on Tuesday night at Madejski Stadium.