Andy Rinomhota said he and the Royals were very disappointed to leave Leeds empty-handed on Tuesday night.
Stuart Dallas bundled in the only goal of the match in an encounter that saw the Royals rattle the promotion chasers at home right until the final whistle.
Marc McNulty's last-minute penalty was kept out by a piece of brilliance between the posts from Bailey Peacock-Farrell, diving at full stretch to tip around the post and deny the Royals on the night.
Rinomhota put in an industrious performance in midfield, and said Reading didn't get their just rewards from the game.
"It's a difficult one to take, the lads put in a big shift and we kept them to limited chances and we created chances ourselves," the 21-year-old said.
"We were unlucky in the situation to not come away with a point from the end of the game.
"We'd limited them in the first half and we needed to make sure we came out in the second half and started in the same way.
"I think we did that, we carried on pushing and we were unlucky not to get a point."
Rinomhota started his fourth consecutive game as a senior player on Tuesday night, and he is pleased with the way he's performed so far in the team.
"I'm happy to keep my place after the game on Saturday, I'll keep working hard to continue to do so and hopefully build it a foundation ahead."
McNulty was denied a first competitive goal with the club after putting himself forward for the spot-kick at the death, but Rinomhota and the Royals rallied around their team-mate after the final whistle.
"Obviously Marc's gutted but it could happen to anyone," he explained. "He's put it in the corner and the 'keeper has made a fantastic save. It's one of those at the end of the day, it's football and it happens.
"With Wigan at the weekend, we came away with a draw, we could have had a draw here, that would have been a good two draws away from home but we've got confidence going into the home game on Saturday against Stoke.
"Hopefully we'll go in with our heads high, and continue to perform well."