"You look back at the game, and how we started especially, and ultimately it feels like we lost to have dropped those points."
It was a frank assessment of proceedings from Liam Moore after a late flurry from Cardiff City led to the Royals surrendering a two-goal lead on Monday night.
Despite ending with a point against one of the Championship's high flyers, Moore was disappointed to see the Royals concede twice late on and see two extra points slip away.
He said the Royals need to react at the weekend, though, saying: "It’s about staying positive now and looking forward to Saturday.
"If we can get at Ipswich on Saturday, then four points over the course of those two games would be a decent return. We were aiming for the six but we want to set things right on Saturday.
"The disappointment was there to see for everyone – we’re gutted. At half-time we felt very good, and in the second half they had an okay start but we dropped deeper and deeper and invited pressure. Last year it worked for us a few times and we held on to leads, but today it wasn’t to be.
"They had big guys and they put it into difficult areas, and ultimately the pressure showed and they got their two goals. If you look back at the game and the chances they had, it might have been a fair result.
"That’s the way the Championship is – we had some very good possession in the first half and created some good chances; they had nothing to lose in the second half and they put the ball into some difficult areas. Their big guys attacked it well; the pressure told. We have to take a point, there’s nothing we can do, and we’ll look forward to Saturday."
This result on Monday night meant the Royals went a fifth consecutive game unbeaten for the first time this term, and Moore hopes to build on that with a fruitful return from Ipswich Town on Saturday.
"Performances have improved recently, and results as well. We’re five unbeaten and that’s a positive," he added.
"There are always places to improve and a couple of the draws that came in that unbeaten run should probably have been wins.
"But you can’t look back; you can’t change anything. You have to kick on. Saturday is a difficult game but an opportunity to put more points on the board."