Royals centre-half Liam Moore was frank in the way he expressed his disappointment after Reading slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Norwich City in the Saturday evening fixture at Madejski Stadium.
A stunning free-kick by James Maddison was simply unstoppable in the 10th minute – and then it was Moore himself who levelled matters by steaming onto Sone Aluko’s deep set-piece delivery.
But Cameron Jerome’s headed goal early in the second half, arriving on the far side to head in a corner, was to be terminal – despite the Royals coming close and striking woodwork through Chris Gunter.
“It’s obviously very disappointing; coming off the back of a few disappointing results, we really wanted to kick-start our season today,” Moore said. “It wasn’t to be unfortunately.
“So we need to stick together. We need to keep working hard and believe that the tables will turn.
“You have to be careful giving away free-kicks around the box against teams like this because they’ve got quality players. It’s a fantastic finish for the first. For the second, we were right in the game and we always build momentum at home.
“So it’s disappointing that we’ve killed ourselves again. We let in a set-piece that has gone all the way across the six-yard box and been headed in at the back post.
“We started okay. We went behind, but I’m really happy with the lads’ character to bounce back straight away. But that’s football… we stayed in the game and we wanted to build on what we’d done. So that goal really knocked the stuffing out of us.”
Indeed, when things aren’t going quite right, it becomes all the more important to keep faith. And that’s what Moore believes will happen.
“We’ve got full trust in what we’ve been doing,” he continued. “Last season we perhaps picked up results where we shouldn’t, and this year there’s situations like today where there’s an argument for us getting a point. That’s football.
“We’ll stick to what we do, we’ll stay together and work hard. I’m sure that the boys who go away will be raring to get back fit and ready to crack on after the international break and really push on.
“The character is fantastic here, but everybody knows that it’s a results business. We need to start picking them up and start pushing on.”