Off the back of a brilliant performance up at promotion chasing Derby, Reading were hoping to build on the small but steady momentum they've built up so far in 2016. An unchanged side from Tuesday took to the field for our first ever competitive match in Milton Keynes.
Al-Habsi, Gunter, Taylor, Cooper, Ferdinand, Norwood, Williams, McCleary, Piazon, Robson-Kanu, Vydra.
In truth it wasn't a very good match, with neither side looking particularly inspiring, though Matej Vydra had a great chance to put the Royals into the lead just before half time, missing when it looked easier to score.
His lack of confidence needs sorting out, and so does the defending at set-pieces, as for the second time in two games Reading conceded from a corner - Joe Walsh on hand to do the honours in the 78th minute.
Unfortunately there was no way back from there and this is exactly the sort of inconsistency which has plagued Reading sides over recent years - the Dons had just come back from a 5-0 thumping against Burnley, but the Royals just turned over and let them get their confidence back whilst once again making fans tear their hair out at the randomness of their results and performances.
We'll have much more in the coming days, including a full report and tactical analysis of where it all went wrong for Reading on a chilly day in Buckinghamshire.