First team coach John O'Shea was taking plenty of positives from a comfortable cup win over Colchester United this afternoon - a game which included a perfect hat-trick from Lucas Joao and four first team debuts for the Royals...
"As a fitness workout for us it was very good but it was also positive for us in terms of the result as well," he began.
"These cup ties, as we all know, can be very tricky - playing against a team a couple of leagues below us, their confidence is high and they come here thinking they could cause an upset.
"But we adapted and coped with it. And Lucas Joao got the all important goals.
"Getting that first one just before half-time I thought was very important to give us confidence going into the second half.
"If we don't get that one back, Colchester's tails would have been up going into the second half and although we would have backed ourselves to get a couple of goals still, it would be been more difficult if we'd gone in behind.
"But the goal gave us that extra belief. When we were rushing ourselves we played into Colchester's hand a little bit, but when we were nice and sharp with our passing we were able to cut them open.
"And we could have scored a couple more from set pieces in the second half - Josh Laurent was unlicky a few times getting on the end of some excellent deliveries from Michael Olsie.
"And special mention to the young lads making their debuts today - Luke Southwood in goal, Ethan Bristow at left-back and Nahum coming on up top nearly marked his debut with a goal too.
"So there were plenty of pleasing signs and lots of positives to take going into the league season next weekend."