Royals midfielder Leandro Bacuna says that there are positives to take away from Tuesday night's match against Swansea City, despite being knocked out of the Carabao Cup.
Bacuna went toe-to-toe with Bayern Munich loanee Renato Sanches in the middle of the Madejski pitch throughout proceedings, and he says the Royals, for the most part, managed to keep the Swans' chances to a minimum during the 2-0 defeat.
Despite the Royals having the majority of possession and a similar number of efforts on goal as their Premier League opponents, Bacuna says it was ultimately fine margins that cost them on the night.
Speaking after the game, Bacuna said: "I think we played very well, we had a lot of possession, created chances, but it was a bit of the same story, we couldn’t finish it off.
“But if you look at the game, we can take a lot of positives out of the game. I think we dominated the game, Swansea had two breaks, one set piece.
“We were a bit unfortunate with the break with the referee, things like that happen but overall I think we can look back at the game with a good feeling.
“I’m still a bit disappointed but we have to go forward. We have to take the positives out of this game and there’s a big game on Saturday as well."
The Royals went behind early in the second half through Alfie Mawson's cross-goal effort from a corner, before a George Evans pass ricocheted off referee Andy Davies, setting the Swans off on a counter-attack.
Swans' sub Jordan Ayew duly dispatched into the bottom corner to send the Premier League side through to the last 16 of the Carabao Cup at the Royals' expense.
Looking at the bigger picture, summer signing Bacuna says he is feeling settled in a Reading shirt already, with a string of sturdy performances under his belt and a goal to his name.
“I’ve been here for a few weeks now and I’m enjoying it," he added. "I like playing with the lads, the lads understand each other, and I think we dominated the midfield today.
“I’m feeling well and I want to just enjoy it and keep going forward.”
Next up for the Royals, we welcome Hull City to Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with kick-off at 3pm.