We became the last-but-one club in England’s professional leagues to succumb to defeat on Friday, when Coventry City got the 3-2 win at St Andrew’s.
For the Royals team, it will only strengthen their resolve – and as always, win or lose, the side will be looking for areas of improvement, as Andy Rinomhota explained after the game.
“Losing the unbeaten record does hurt,” said Rinomhota. “Especially after the performance we had in midweek at Blackburn – we wanted to carry the momentum on to this game. We didn’t manage that.
“The early goal for them set us back, and then they sat behind the ball for the rest of the game. We got a goal back, which showed spirit from the lads; we knew we would have time and that we had to be patient. But then some little mistakes cost us. These are things we’ve got to tighten up on for the next game.
“It wasn’t a big off night. We obviously can perform better, but it was the small details that we can adjust – and that we have been doing right in previous games.
“So it’s about putting this one behind us, and moving on to the next – not trying to dwell on it. It’s only one game, and hopefully just a blip. We’ll go onto Preston on the front foot and get three points there.”