"We've been starting slowly in the past games, it's been taking conceding a goal to get a reaction. Then in the second half, we play a lot better but it's too late."
Honest reflection from Andy Rinomhota after a 1-0 defeat to Bristol City on Saturday that saw the Royals have a host of chances, but the hosts held on to all three points and make it 10 games unbeaten.
Famara Diedhiou put the Robins ahead early on through a header, and the Royals fought back - but ultimately couldn't find a way through on the day.
"It shows good fight and desire to keep going until the final whistle," said Rinomhota after the game. "We had a lot of chances today, but we couldn't convert.
"We need to make sure we do that from the start and not concede that early goal - that's how we're going to start winning games.
"Bristol did well today. After the goal, they sat in and we dominated them. We just couldn't get that goal to break them down - we had a few chances, but couldn't take them.
"Everyone gave their all again, no-one stopped running, we kept going to the last whistle - you saw that through the whole second half from the off.
"Like I said, we need to do that from the first whistle and not concede that early goal. We've got a couple of weeks now to reflect, we all need to look ourselves in the mirror, it's not been good enough.
"Hopefully we can come back after the international break fresh-minded in all that sense, and hopefully win the first game back.
"It's fine margins, you saw it with the chances today. There were half-chances that we could have turned into full chances and even decent chances we didn't take - it's that fine margin."