Reading boss Veljko Paunović admitted his side’s unbeaten record was ruined by poor defending against a shot hungry Coventry City.
The Royals suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down 3-2 to the Sky Blues at St Andrew’s.
The league leaders were stunned by two second half goals from Matty Godden and Sam McCallum that added to Gus Hamer’s first half opener.
“We had a fantastic dynamic and a good flow,” said the Royals’ manager,” but unfortunately, we conceded goals from outside the box.
“We did not block those well and that is something we have to improve. This game has shown us that.
“But everything else was there. The attitude of always giving our best and pushing until the end was there.
“The only thing we have to take from this game are those blocks, those shots and not allowing our opponents to threaten us from outside the box.”
Asked what Coventry did so well to become the first team to beat his side, he said: “Those shots killed us.
“Other than that we just have to congratulate them when they do well and today they were better in executing their opportunities – I will say that.
“Scoring two goals on the road is an accomplishment but if you concede more then it brings you into this situation where we are all feeling a defeat from a game that we were doing pretty well in.
“We were excellent today. Even taking the lead would have given us a big opportunity. We have to look for that, being more ruthless
“It is a hard loss but it is even harder knowing that we may have won it.
“The guys know that we played good football that normally would bring victories, but we must defend better now.
“We have to recover their body, all the wounds that they picked up today. This is our main focus now.”