Clive Allen conceded our reserves just didn't get going as Reading won by the only goal at Leyton Orient on Monday night.
It was one of those games that should really have finished goalless, but Reading took the spoils thanks to Leroy Lita's sharp finish at the near post on the half-hour.
There were few clear-cut chances to report although Reading's Adam Federici was the busier of the two goalkeepers, producing the save of the night to keep out Tom Huddlestone's free-kick before Danny Rose prodded a one-on-one chance just wide.
"The two teams played cat-and-mouse with each other," reflected Clive. "The type of football we've showed this season never happened for us and both sets of players got frustrated.
"There wasn't what I would call clear-cut opportunities and that's because the play of both sides didn't really warrant it.
"We had a couple of chances where with a little more composure we might have got something out of the game but I thought, summing it up, it was a very frustrating evening.
"We'll look at the game, analyse it and see what we can take out of it from a positive point of view but overall it was disappointing."