Sam Baldock says the Royals are hoping for better in the second half of the Championship campaign - with the appointment of José Gomes as manager confirmed after a 1-0 defeat against Middlesbrough.
George Friend struck with less than 15 minutes to go for Boro, in a goal that came against the run of play for the Royals at that point.
Baldock himself had an early effort on target smartly saved by Darren Randolph, in a game in which both teams had chances for victory - with Baldock hoping for a change of fortunes in the second half of the season.
“It seems to be a recurring theme I think; we’ve had a lot of decent performances but we’re not getting the rub of the green when it comes to results and hopefully that changes now after Christmas," he said.
“It’s hard to be too down when we’re having positive performances like we did today and last week in the first half.
"We feel we’re improving game on game, and now hopefully we get a bit of consistency in terms of team selection and performances, and hopefully the results will follow.
"It's an exciting time for the club, we can get that stability again now we have a permanent manager again, and hopefully he's the one to take us forward."
Four Academy products started the game in a youthful side put out by the Royals, and Baldock praised the work that Scott Marshall has done with young players at the club, and how he translated it into his work as caretaker manager over the past two weeks - before the appointment of Gomes was announced after full-time.
“I thought they all did very well. Scott’s been really enjoyable to work under, he’s taken the role on with good authority and everyone’s enjoyed playing under him in the last three games.
“It probably was fine margins again. Middlesbrough are notoriously very hard to score against and we had a couple of chances and If one of those goes in it’s a different story.
"We limited them to very few opportunities and they were able to take their one good chance and unfortunately they ended up with all the points.”