Royals boss José Gomes was pleased with the application and willingness of his players as they earned a battling 1-1 draw away at West Bromwich Albion.
Reading led 20 minutes from time through Ovie Ejaria, but the midfielder was penalised for what the referee judged to be a foul on Filip Krovinovic late on, allowing Kenneth Zohore to score and snatch a share of the points.
The Royals had battled bravely at the back throughout the game to keep Rafael relatively untroubled, and could consider themselves unlucky that a well-executed game-plan did not result in the whole haul of the points.
“It is a good sign to leave the stadium of one of the strongest teams in the league with this disappointment,” said Gomes. “We were very near to getting three points and that is a good sign and it means a lot.
“In some moments of the game they were better and they controlled the game more with the ball. But we defended very well and they couldn’t find a way to our goal. There are a lot of positive things.
“My players were brave and fought a lot – a Championship match, against one of the strongest teams in the league. Of course one point is a positive, but we lost two points at the end of the game.
“It’s step by step. In a few days’ time we have another game, and it is a long season – a tough season, and a lot of things will happen. But I’m very happy with the performance that my players put in today.
“The way that they were organised in defence, and West Brom have fantastic technical players so it is not a team that is easy to stop. We did well and that’s why we deserve points.”