A 3-0 home defeat to Preston North End was a harsh reflection on the Royals’ efforts – it was a game that hinged on the first goal, which Scott Sinclair nabbed after some sustained Reading pressure.
Midfield man Alfa Semedo was philosophical about the loss – urging his teammates to keep their spirits up and to use the defeat as an opportunity to put in improvements when Stoke City visit this Saturday.
Semedo said: “All the time you play to win. And then when you lose, it’s hard. But this is football. It can happen.
“But we need to keep our heads up and keep doing the right things and working because we have a game in three days, and it is a new story.
“Maybe we could score the first goal and then it is not the same game. But this is football; we just need to know that and keep working.
“I think we played well, and we tried to do the things we do in training every day. We tried the best we can. But sometimes you win, sometimes you are going to lose. And when you lose, you can learn and keep working and doing your job.
“Now it’s going be a tough game at the weekend, but we will be ready for it. All the games will be tough; we need to know that and to do our best to win the game. Any time we come on the pitch we want to think ‘we can win the game’.”