It required a lot of defensive work, but the Royals got over the line against Preston. Mo Barrow’s early goal was enough, as Reading held on for the three points.
“We’re building on all the ideas that the gaffer is bringing in,” said defender Tiago Ilori. “And slowly, we’re improving. Two clean sheets in three games is a positive.
“It’s great to go ahead – but that said, if it happens early, it means you’re defending your lead for a longer period of the game. So it’s not always positive!
“But we managed the first half really well, and of course the second half becomes more complicated.
“And we did it. We managed to defend everything, and we’re happy with the result.”