An injury time goal conceded is not the end we hoped for at Madejski Stadium this afternoon, especially in the final few moments of a match we dominated. But Royals boss Veljko Paunovic reflected on a positive performance and set his sights on next season...
"I think we definitely should have won this game, we should have done a better job at the end," he admitted.
"Today we played good football. We didn't start well but we regained our compsoure, re-established our way of playing football and we were capable of flipping the result in our favour.
"We made changes to try and secure the result, but we didn't want to lose our presence in attack and we wanted to see more of the ball.
"The result is not what what we wanted. It is not the best way to finish a season which should overall be considered an improvement.
"The last two weeks were very hard - after our chances of the play-offs vanished. But we kept our good spirit and we kept our good football until the end.
"I'm not in a good mood after today's game. But I know myself and I will recover in the next couple of days. And from this moment on, a new season starts for everyone at this football club."
The new campaign starts on 7th August 2021 - our 150th anniversary season. And, while there is plenty of work to be done in the off-season, sights have been set on making more progress next year.
"We will reflect on this season, learn from it and then we will look to start to build on the positives we have had throughout the whole year.
"We will look to reinforce our team, reinforce our identity, develop players but also it is always important to get results.
"As a person, I always want more. I love competing. And today was a great chance to finish the season positively.
"But what is most important now is how we use this time in the off season, to get the guys refreshed, re-energised, motivated for another great season which we all want to have."