Yakou Méïté’s seventh goal of the campaign so far helped the Royals to earn a point at Nottingham Forest – but for the forward and the rest of his teammates, there was a sense of disappointment that Reading’s dominance didn’t yield more.
Coming off the bench with half an hour to go, after over a month out through injury, Méïté converted with power after being slipped in by Lucas João.
But chances to win the game went begging – so a bit of a bittersweet return to action for the Ivorian.
“Of course, we are disappointed… I think we deserved more from this game,” he explained. “We had a lot of chances in the first half, and in the second half as well. Unfortunately we didn’t score enough to win it.
“As usual for me, I like to run behind the defence. I did it a couple of times today, and this goal was from one of the runs that I did. It was a good ball from Lucas – and the shot was difficult for the goalkeeper to save.
“I am happy for the goal – to help my team. I have been wanting to help them since I have been injured, so it has been a difficult for me to watch my teammates playing without being able to help.
“Hopefully everything is behind me now. I was happy to be able to help by scoring this goal, because it was important not to lose today.
“We had a good reaction after conceding first, but it is not a positive result because we wanted to win and that was important. But still, we didn’t lose and we need to be ready and focused for the next games.”