Lewis Baker gave a frank assessment of Reading's 3-0 defeat to Leeds United on Tuesday night, but said the unity within the squad will help carry them through the Championship run-in.
Mateusz Klich put the visitors ahead after 15 minutes in RG2, before a brace from Pablo Hernandez put the result beyond doubt on the night.
The promotion-chasers moved back to the top of the standings with a win, with the Royals remaining three points above the bottom three.
Baker, who spent the first half of the season at Elland Road, said pragmatically: “Not our night. We started off the game really well, but after our good start was a bit of a blip. They scored three goals, which was difficult from there to get back.
“In the second half, we put in a good fight, but it just wasn’t enough today.
“Leeds are a quality team, we have to give them that. It was always going to be a difficult night, but if we keep going how we started off in the first half in each game, we’ll do well.
“When it was 3-0 we started showing some pride, we definitely have that in the team. From last week and the week before that, we’ve seen that before in games.
“We just need to keep going and stick together as a team, that’s the most important thing – unity.
“Unity is massive. There are going to be some games where that’s all we have, if we keep doing it all together, the fans as well, I think we’ll get there.”