Gabriel Osho gave his assessment of a challenging morning against Malaga B, which saw the Royals keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw on Tuesday morning.
There was an added physical challenge in the match, with Reading playing 90 minutes for the first time in their pre-season training camp - but their opponents fielded a new line-up for both halves.
On a sweltering morning at the club's camp in Estepona, chances at both ends went begging as the scores ended up goalless at the final whistle.
“It was good, I think we played well," Osho said after the match. "Obviously in the heat it was really hot out there - so it was hard to keep the ball moving fast because the pitch was drying up.
“We dealt with it well, could have won the game, should have won the game but it’s good to get the first 90 under the belt.
“As a defender or goalkeeper, a clean sheet is what all we pride ourselves on, but we just wanted to win the game.
“We went in at half time thinking we would play the same team, but then a new bunch of lads came out and thought ‘Jesus Christ,’ it was hard but we dealt with it well, they came out strong in the second half because they were fresh – but we grew into it again.”
Now into the second week, the club's pre-season schedule has seen the players take in plenty of intensive training sessions alongside the matches they've been playing.
With plenty of young players in the squad, Osho enthused about being able to tour with the first team with his peers.
“The tour has been good, obviously training every day, working hard and got a good couple games under the belt, I love being around the boys.
“It’s always nice to have that transition from the U23’s and you’re with people you know so it’s easier and more comfortable.”
Last season saw the U23 captain earn his senior debut back in December, before a loan spell in League One with Bristol Rovers to round off the campaign.
With his debut already under his belt, Osho is keen to show his quality to try and add to his first team experience.
“It was good last season, but I was looking to build on that and didn’t get the chance and went out on loan, but obviously now this season, the aim is to get a good pre-season under my belt and see if I can get as many games as possible.
“We have a good couple of games at the Madejski when we come back, a good test against Chelsea but I just want the season to start now, I can’t wait.”