Liam Kelly says there are plenty of positives to take from the weekend, despite exiting the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of Manchester United on Saturday.
Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku scored in the first half to secure passage to the Fourth Round for the Premier League outfit, in a result that could be seen as harsh on a spirited Royals performance.
"It's always going to be a nice occasion coming to a stadium like this," Kelly told BBC Berkshire after the game.
"We showed ourselves playing out there, we had a lot of the ball, created a lot of chances and we're enjoying football again.
"Walking into the dressing room at the end, losing 2-0 to United and everyone having a bit of disappointment shows how well we'd done. Disappointment is the main thing to come out of this."
Kelly played his first minutes under José Gomes at Old Trafford, impressing alongside Andy Rinomhota at the base of midfield.
The young midfielder says he has been impressed with the attitude and style of play the new Reading boss has brought to Hogwood Park on a day-to-day basis.
"With the season we're having so far, it hasn't been good but the manager has come in and really picked the place up, wanting to play some nice football," he continued.
"He's seen the players that we've got and we showed out there that we're capable of playing good football and beating some of the best teams.
"I think if you take that into the league, then I'm sure we'll be alright. The manager wants to play good football, that's what I've been brought up to do so hopefully I can impress and work my way back into the team.
"Games are coming round quick now, and that's what you want as a player. We'll have to go back, pick our heads up knowing we played well and go into Forest with a lot of confidence."