Going into last night's game, no team had a better defensive record on the road than Birmingham City. So conceding twice in the first half gave the Royals an 'uphill battle' according to a frustrated former Blues centre-half, Michael Morrison.
"You want to capitalise on a couple of really good performances and it was points dropped on Wednesday night and an opportunity missed to move up the league again. We're frustrated," he said.
"We probably gave ourselves too much to do after the first half – 2-0 down against a team who has defended really well all season. It's an uphill battle from then on.
"And we knew they were going to do that. It was a case of trying to wear that down and waiting for the game to open up in the second half. But conceding two was frustrating.
"Their second one I think there is a possible shout for offside and I know Rafael wasn’t happy with that one, so that is a bitter pill to swallow.
"And they will go away thinking they have played really well, putting in a really professional performance and we’ve not broken them down.
"But I thought we showed fight, some quality on the ball, we got through their lines a couple of times and of course we missed the opportunity to make it 2-2 from the penalty.
"If Lucas scores that penalty, and he’s been in such good form I don’t think anyone thought he wasn't going to score, it's different. But that killed our momentum a little bit.
"Then we had a really good chance right at the end, clever thinking from a free kick – so on reflection I think we’ll feel hard done by that we didn’t get at least a point.
"But when you play against teams who come here to the Madejski with the intent to make it difficult for us – you can’t concede goals. And we’re disappointed with the two goals."