Royals midfielder Josh Laurent says he and his teammates must be more ruthless after they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Watford, but knows that re-grouping and getting back to winning ways is the way to ensure that a spot in the top-six will take care of itself in the final five games of the season.
Laurent put in another spirited and battling display in the middle of the park, but was left wishing his side had been able to convert the flurry of chances they created, that could have seen them take something from our meeting with the Hornets.
He said: "We’re really down, and really devastated, it’s obviously come down to the final part of the season and these games take a lot out of you so you do get down but we’ve got to re-group.
"It was a game of chances, fair play to their player who scored two good goals, but on the other hand, we could have easily gone in level at the break, we’ve had four or five big chances, but we just weren’t ruthless enough. That’s what it came down to, I don’t think they outplayed us, but they killed the game in the second-half when we were pushing to get back into it.
"We’ll watch it back and see how we can be more ruthless.
"Pauno said he’s proud of us and rightly so, we didn’t stop fighting, we could easily have been in the game at half-time. He just told us to keep our heads up and keep going, there’s a big five games to go.
"Tonight hurts but there will be twists and turns, we just need to worry about ourselves, not looking at what’s going on elsewhere. If we look after ourselves, we’ll get what we want.
"I don’t care about games in hand, or who’s playing who, it doesn’t matter, if we do our jobs, we’ll finish in the top six."