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Brentford Fans Verdict: Loyal Royals Proud Despite Loss

As ever, Harry rounds up the best of the reaction from the Reading fans - this time after Wednesday night’s loss to league leaders Brentford.

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This season has arguably toyed with my emotions more than the last few years of relegation fights - and Wednesday night was no different. I was quietly confident going into the game, maybe not expecting a win but anticipating the players and Pauno to more than hold their own against the best team in the league. That in itself is such a refreshing thought and feeling to have going into games.

I was dreading the games against the likes of Brentford last season, and for good reason, but this season it’s pure excitement and optimism - along with the standard gut-wrenching nerves. And I know I'm not the only one in that boat.

The players didn’t let us down, but even so the night ended in heartbreak. What a gutting loss, but there are so many positives to take from the game. Sometimes the performance speaks louder than the result - it's just vitally important that we get back on the horse against Millwall on Saturday.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the last gasp defeat...

Morrison and McIntyre

I said in my player ratings that it’s strange for your two centre backs to be the men of the match after you’ve just conceded three goals. But for large proportions of the game, these two kept the best attack in the league quiet, including top marksman Ivan Toney.

McIntyre is growing into a seriously good centre back at this level, and Morro just always seems to be in the right place at the right time and has secured his status as Reading’s Mr Dependable.

The fans were buzzing with the performances of the two defenders, despite the end result...

Gutted but positive

Roy Keane won’t like me for saying this but I’m a firm believer that a performance can tell you a lot more about a team than a result. Of course, I was as gutted as the rest of you at full time but the amount of positives we can take from the game far, far outweigh the negatives.

If we play like that for the rest of the season, then the top six *should* be secured, and I for one back Pauno to continue to get the high levels of performance out of the players. We just have to win on Saturday now, because you just know if we don't the doubts will start to creep in.

Here’s how the fans summed up their feelings after the game...

Conclusion

We have to be proud of that performance. Let’s please not forget that Brentford came within 90 minutes of the Premier League last season, are on a 20-game unbeaten run and have the league’s top goalscorer.

To be able to go toe to toe with them and more than hold our own for 90 minutes, in such a short space of time since the end of last season when the mood around the club was the most toxic it’s been in a long time, is nothing short of staggering. We have to give huge credit to Pauno and the players for that.

This season can still be a special one, keep the faith - we have our club back.

Must win on Saturday though.

URZ