Steve Clarke made nine changes in yesterday’s 4-1 defeat against
Take away Monday night,
"I think the team didn't deserve to lose by that score line. They were punished by a very, very good
"The second goal was a poor goal to lose; it sort of knocked our confidence a little bit. Then we spoke at half-time about not conceding, but we conceded early which made it difficult for us. But the character that has been there in recent weeks came through."
The return of Jem Karacan
One of the big positives from a poor game yesterday was club captain Jem Karacan returning from injury and scored his first goal since August 2013 – which was also against
"It’s been well documented how difficult it has been for Jemba over the last two years. Slowly we’re getting him back, you see today if we can get him back at 100% he’s a very good addition to our squad."
There were four debutants yesterday for the Royals, including new signings Zat Knight and Jure Travner, Clarke added "Zat Knight the 87 minutes is a good physical work out for him. Jure deserved a chance to play; he’s been waiting a long time.
"Something I've spoken about over a number of weeks since I got to the club is reaction. Reaction to adversity on the pitch, we showed that today."
"Like I said, the scoreline will look a little bit poorly on the team – but the effort, the application of the team and some of the football from the team, we had one move in the first half that was outstanding – they've only had two days training together.
"There were a lot of debuts, a lot of young boys that for their first taste of the Championship had a really difficult place to come, we will live and learn from this experience."