Dave Edwards believes the Royals were the architects of their own downfall as they lost 3-1 to Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup on Friday night.
Reading had several chances of their own to put their stamp on the game that went begging, but they hope to keep creating plenty of chances and bringing a good set of results to their league form.
With the Championship the sole focus for the Royals for the remainder of the season, Edwards wants the work-rate and desire he and his team-mates show to turn into results.
On being knocked out of the FA Cup, the Wales midfielder said: “It’s obviously bitterly disappointing, it’s a competition that everybody wants to do well in. It’s a competition where we all grow up and want to play in, and if you’re in the fifth round all of a sudden there’s a chance of going far.
“Unfortunately we were the makers of our own undoing, it’s bitterly disappointing but we’ve got to focus everything on our league form and try and get us out of the position we’re in at the moment.
“We defended poorly and we missed some big chances, I missed a gilt-edged chance early on in the first half and we had chances after that as well.
“Obviously goals change games and all three goals we gave away were poor. It’s the way it’s going at the moment and we really need to focus on that.”
Edwards emphasises the endeavour the Royals are putting into their training regime and tactics to get results, but ultimately it boils down to what happens in the key moments on the pitch.
With a busy February schedule and plenty of important points to play for, the midfielder said he hopes to see the squad kick on with a good run in the coming month.
“We need to make sure we get it right in both boxes, we’ve got some really big games coming up and we can’t afford to lose,” he added.
“When you’re flying high in the league, confidence and freedom to play is enough to win games. When you’re in a position like we are, though, you’ve got to go into every game with 100% application, working hard in training and everyone knows their jobs.
“When everyone can look in the mirror and say ‘I did everything within my capabilities’, I may have given the ball away once or twice but I know I really worked hard and gave everything, results will have to change for us.
“We’ve got too many good players for that not to happen, but it’s not working for us at the moment and everyone’s got to go and make sure we give everything going into these next few games.”