Adrian Mariappa claims the Reading camp is still upbeat despite slipping back into the bottom three after defeat at Stoke City. A four-match unbeaten run had lifted the Royals out of the drop zone.

"It was a tough game and they have some big boys - they used their attributes really well and in the first half I thought we stood up to that," he told the Reading Post.

"We're disappointed with the goals, but it's been a positive time for us and we will remain positive."

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