Joey van den Berg says the Royals have to stay positive as a group during what is set to be a tough run-in to the Championship season.
The Royals were on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline against Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, with a late fightback not enough to earn points on the day.
Dutch midfielder Van den Berg made his return to competitive action in Norfolk off the bench, having been kept out of the last few games with an injury.
Speaking to iFollow, he said: "The result was negative but we have to keep looking at the positive side of things.
"It looks like we first have to be in a negative situation to be able to get something positive out of it - which is not good.
"When you concede goals like that it's hard to play our football, which is a bit disappointing."
Van den Berg said that, he hoped to utilise the space afforded to the Royals by Norwich after coming off the bench - who were holding onto the lead at that point.
"Norwich dropped off after the 3-1 so you had loads of space to create opportunities, and I think we did that better in the second half to get people on the ball and attack forward.
"I think we were pretty close to scoring the equaliser but in the end it wasn't meant to be on Saturday.
"It's disappointing we couldn't score that extra goal, but that's all ifs and maybes, we just need to start better and not concede goals too easily.
"We have to wake up, maybe it's a bit late to say that but we're getting closer to the bottom three and we don't want to look down.
"We've still got it in our own hands, I'm confident that we can do it but being able to do it and actually doing it is a bit different - and we have to show it."