“I think we, as a team, would have liked to ask more questions of their defence,” said defender Michael Morrison as he reflected on a first defeat in 10 for the Royals – they suffered a 2-0 reverse away at Millwall.
“There were a couple of times where we got in front of their goal, but probably didn’t put them on their back foot enough.
“I think a draw would probably have been a fair result, but we’ve come away and not got any points, so we’re obviously disappointed.
“Since the manager’s come in, we’ve talked about being more aggressive and being prepared to do the hard side of the game, which we have done.
“Unfortunately, today, the ball has dropped in the box for them and they’ve scored. On another day, it could have gone around the post and you’d say it was a resolute performance and we more than matched their physical side.
“When you come here, you know they’re going to put balls in the box and, to be fair to them, they’ve got good energy and they play with attacking threats.
“I thought we matched them on that, but we didn’t quite get our game going or play that good quality football we know we can do.
“It was difficult, the pitch was difficult and maybe on a better pitch we could have played a bit better – but it’s the same for both teams, unfortunately we didn’t really get any rhythm in the game.
“It was a typical Championship game. It could go either way, and at 0-0 at half-time we talked about it swinging our way. I suppose they were saying the same thing in their place, it’s one of those things where we were on the other side of it today.
“Quite possibly, we’ve been on the better side of it for the last few weeks. We’ll pick ourselves up, we’ve got an opportunity on Wednesday to get back a bit closer to the Play-Off scene, and try to win that game – which is what we’re trying to do.”