Liam Moore said he hopes to take the positives from a battling performance against Leeds, despite a narrow 1-0 defeat at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.
Reading held the table-toppers and had chances of their own in a tight first half in West Yorkshire, but the hosts made the breakthrough near the hour mark through a well-taken lob from Pablo Hernandez.
Moore had a late chance to equalise himself, having a shot saved by Kiko Casilla. He opted to stay on his feet despite a robust challenge in the box from opposition captain, Liam Cooper, and the chance of an equaliser evaporated late on.
The Reading captain was pragmatic in his assessment of the game afterwards, saying: "They had a chance early on which I was personally disappointed by, but other than that, I think we nullified their threat.
"We went toe to toe with them and made some really good opportunities in the first half, to get shots off.
"It was a disappointing goal - there was a block, then a ricochet, and it fell their way. We have to look at the positives from today.
"We knew that they were a good team, they play with a lot of movement and they're difficult to play against.
"But when we can keep the shape like we did and hit them on the break, then we're a really difficult team to play against.
"On a good day, their goal ricochets out, we bank up again and we're hard to beat. It fell their way, but the chance at the end summed it up really.
"It was their day today. We've taken them all the way, but it wasn't enough."
Moore was playing in a more advanced role towards the end of the match as Reading searched for an equaliser, and he was thwarted in stoppage time as he was through on goal.
He was challenged all the way, but he spoke of the reasons why he opted to stay on his feet in the box.
"It's frustrating because I know if it was the other way around and one of their strikers did it, I'm pretty confident they would have gone down and they would have got a penalty.
"It happens so quickly, I got the right side of him so I should have given the ref a decision to make. But at the same time, I think good karma will come around because that's what we want - fair play."