Michael Morrison took the positives out of Reading's performance against Brentford on Saturday afternoon, after the Royals were condemned to a 1-0 defeat at Griffin Park.
A second-half header from Ollie Watkins was the only difference between two in-form teams on the day, with chances at both ends in an open encounter in West London.
While the Royals kept up the pressure on the hosts until the end, they came away fruitless for their efforts on the day.
"It's disappointing, I think it was fairly even in the first half," Morrison said after the match. "We had a big chance with George Pușcaș and you're hoping he puts that away and we get a 1-0 lead to hold onto in the second half.
"They did edge us back in the second half, they played well for the first 20 minutes. Once they scored, the game opened up a bit and we probably lacked a little bit of quality to unlock them ourselves.
"If we'd taken the point, we'd have been happy but, although they did have some good pressure, I didn't see them in front of our goal too much.
"I thought we were energetic, aggressive, we showed a good aggressive side to us that we've talked about improving. Today, a little bit of quality cost us.
"It could have gone either way. The ball didn't bounce for us in the box, George's chance in the first half, it was one of those typical Championship games where it was in a fine balance and they've nicked ahead, then the game opens up and it could go either way.
"It was certainly a tight game, and if we'd gone 1-0 ahead then I think we would have gone and won the game.
"It was always going to be fine margins, and unfortunately we were on the wrong side of it today."