It wasn't vintage, but it produced three valuable points. And Royals boss Mark Bowen was clear in highlighting that this afternoon was about producing a win rather than a performance.
"Today, the performance was not as important as getting the win – getting three points on the board," he began.
"It was clear to anyone here watching the game that we were not free-flowing like we can be, we weren't easy on the eye and some of our passing movements were fractious and erratic at times. But it was important to make the right decisions on the day, that we were professional.
"When you're not playing as smoothly as you expect to, it's important that you have the wherewithal, the intelligence to make the right decisions at the right time and still bang out the results. And that's what we did today.
"Before the match, I thought one little thing needed to be a telling moment and needed to go our way. And we got a bit of a scrappy goal that nestled into the bottom corner to settle things down a bit – and at half-time, I asked the lads to be professional, see the game out.
"I’m delighted with the clean sheet – our defence was solid. Matt Miazga has been out for six weeks, and he came back in and looked like he’d never been away. Full credit to him and the rehab staff to get him in that state to come back in.
"And Rafa is enjoying his football over here and time and time again he's saved us. Today was no different with those saves at the end of the first half and I'm sure he'll come to our rescue again becuase he's a fantastic goalkeeper.
"Fans want to see their team win and I wanted to give them a home win today. We’ve done ok away from home but we haven’t won here enough recently.
"And I don’t like going into the dressing room screaming and shouting, banging heads together. So it was nice to be able to go in today and say ‘well done, you put a good shift of work in – we’ve got the three points, and let’s move onwards and upwards.’
"We’ve put Wednesday night to bed, although I'm still a bit scarred by it I think! Now we can concentrate on other things, with a big game in the FA Cup against Sheffield United on Tuesday!"