You could say, given our current run, that Reading fans would have expected us to get the three points from this game on Saturday. Nevertheless, a combination of two 30-yard efforts, which you can down to brilliance or awful closing down, sandwiched a poorly-defended second goal.
The media reacted as you might expect with the BBC saying that Forest went past us with "ease" and although we had chances we didn't take them. Sky Sports follow a similar theme crediting two "stunners" for Forest and saying although we huffed and puffed after the third goal - we offered nothing.
Clubcall as per usual carry Sky's report along with ESPN FC who also have a number of stats to look at. Sportsmole call the first half "scrappy and uneventful" again lauding the goals from Osborn and Gardner. The Guardian once again offered a limited number of words to summarise.
Looking at the official sites and Reading's headline highlighted "Two unstoppable strikes" - well if we had actually closed down the player then maybe they where stoppable - otherwise going on to say that it wasn't our day. They also point out that if our attempts had gone in, then it would have been a different showing. Compare that to the Nottingham Forrest site, where they reckon its was a comfortable win and once the third goal went in, they enjoyed "plain sailing".
Comparing that to the two local news outlets and the Nottingham Post says: "Nottingham Forest’s renaissance under Dougie Freedman was maintained in truly spectacular fashion, as a trio of outstanding goals propelled them to a 3-0 success at Reading" to be fair that's probably not a million miles off the mark. However, I do think that (and I may be a little cruel) that the defending for all three efforts left a little to be desired. They also go on to give a good account of the game, understandably glowing with pride for Forest.
When we look at GetReading and the headline "Wasteful Royals punished by clinical Reds" you get the idea where the report is going! They go onto say that in terms of possession and chances created, the goal probably came a little against the run of play, but at this level you must take your chances or you will be punished.
For this week that's pretty much it. Our current run of form is anything but inspiring and given that there is a full programme again this midweek, hopefully the media will remember us in reports and not just concentrate on the top four.
On to Bolton!