Leandro Bacuna says the Royals rued a tough start to the match as Derby County ran out 2-1 winners against Reading on Saturday.
An early strike by Duane Holmes put the Rams ahead after only three minutes, before a hefty deflection helped Harry Wilson to double the Reading deficit prior to half time.
Reading fought back manfully in the second half, with Sone Aluko's cool finish allowing the Royals a route back into the game.
Despite plenty of late pressure from the Royals, promotion-chasing Derby held on to secure the points on a bitterly cold afternoon in the East Midlands.
Bacuna says a slow start made life difficult for the Royals, telling BBC Berkshire: "We started very badly in the first half, our game is to try and play from the back and they put us under pressure - we kept trying to play but we couldn't get out, they pressed well.
"In the second half, we changed things a little bit and we got going, but unfortunately we lost.
"It's Bolton next and it's a very important game for us - we need to take the positives from the second half and try and get ready.
"We've got a few days off now, we'll work on the things we did wrong in this game and get ready for Bolton.
"We didn't start very well and that killed us against Derby, we've got a lot of quality in the team and it's just that final touch.
"If we get everything going, I'm confident that everything is going to be alright.
"Playing this style, playing from the back, you want to have the football and you want to enjoy playing, that's what we're doing at the moment.
"The players are enjoying it, we've had four or five games with the manager and if we get everything going, keep practicing the style he wants to play then we'll be very good at it.
"We've been doing some good things, if we keep going then we'll be fine."