Lloyd Isgrove admitted that being knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy on penalties was particularly hard to take.
Isgrove netted the opener for Saints after 30 minutes at St Mary’s, before Niall Keown equalised for Reading to take the match to a penalty shootout.
The visitors then made Saints pay for missing their opening two spot kicks, as Yakou Meite hammed home the fourth to ensure a 3-4 victory.
“Obviously going out on penalties is disappointing,” explained Isgrove.
“We are gutted to go out that way. I think we did okay in the first half, as well. We got the goal, looked bright and dominated at times.
“Second half, though, we didn’t really get going. I think you could see that from the stands, we just didn’t get our foot on the game.
“They dominated and could have won in normal time, but we managed to take it to penalties and then, as I said, it’s gutting to go out that way.”
In what was the archetypal game of two halves, Isgrove admitted that Saints probably could have made more of their first-half display.
And the 23-year-old was unable to put his finger on what went wrong after the interval.
“When we got the goal we were playing well and creating chances,” he continued.
“We had as much of the game as they did. I am not really sure what happened, but we couldn’t get going in the second half and nothing was falling for us.
“Then we conceded from a set-play, which we hate. We just didn’t get going and for us that is really disappointing.”