“We weren’t good enough.” Paul Clement was pulling no punches after a defeat to Bolton Wanderers, decided early in the second half by Yanic Wildschut’s goal for the Trotters.
Frustration was felt by everyone of a Royals persuasion – none more so than the Royals boss.
“For me, it’s impossible that you can lose that game. In fact, it’s impossible that you don’t win that game, based on territorial advantage, opportunities, the nature of the goal, our style versus their style. We have to win that game.
“I am very, very disappointed. I am disappointed with myself, my selection and the way I prepared the team.
“I’m disappointed with the players and their delivery of the tactical plan. We have to be better. It’s as simple as that.”
Reading had more of the ball, the better of the opportunities. But Bolton were the only side to take their opportunity.
“After their goal, they had six across the back, four across midfield. We had to do better.
“From our perspective, the goal is terrible. We can’t concede a goal of that nature.
“But at the same time, for all the opportunities that we had, we couldn’t find a moment of quality that really tested the goalkeeper.
“The ball was going into the stand, being run out of play for throw-ins. Not enough. We have to do better.
“Three games have gone past. Performances have been okay in some of the games but today I didn’t like it. There was too much tippy-tappy football and we weren’t effective.
“We have to get it right fast.”