Liam Moore gave an honest assessment of Reading's 2-0 defeat against Charlton Athletic on Saturday, admitting that the visitors deserved the victory based on the second-half showing from the Royals.
A heavily deflected strike from Jonathan Leko put the Addicks in front early in the second half, before Lyle Taylor ensured the points went back to The Valley with a late penalty.
Reading had hit the crossbar in the first half, and tested Charlton's defence throughout - but couldn't find a way through on the day at Madejski Stadium.
"It was disappointing," said the Reading skipper. "We knew it was going to be difficult, they've been on a rich vein of form. I think in the first half, we did pretty well, we had a couple of chances.
"But I thought we got a bit stretched in the second half, especially after we conceded, we lost our shape a bit and, ultimately, it was a disappointing afternoon.
"We've had a few games recently where we had our backs to the walls early doors, and then the other team might have thought what might have been.
"It was a combination of missed chances and not performing how we wanted to, especially in the second half, and I think the result probably went the right way."
With eight games played in league and cup in the first 28 days of the season, the captain offered his summary of how he's seen the season so far.
"It's been okay, all in all," he added. "I think we wasted the first couple of games, then went on a good little run and got some points on the board, but it was disappointing because we wanted to finish on a win today.
"We've got a couple of days off now, I'm looking forward to getting away and doing a bit of work away, I want to come back firing.
"I haven't been at my best at the start of this season, which is frustrating. I'm someone who prides myself on good performances, so a few days off will be good, then come back firing and be ready for after the international break."