Reading FC boss Veljko Paunovic believed his side could and should have scored more goals in their 2-1 triumph over Preston North End.

The Royals sealed their first win of the season following goals from Femi Azeez and midfield playmaker John Swift, either side of a penalty from Daniel Johnson.

Speaking after the game, Paunovic was proud of how his side bounced back from two difficult results at the start of the campaign.

"It is very important to get the first win, This game was our new beginning," said Paunovic.

"We put the last two games in the trash. It was important to look at this game as a brand-new beginning. The season starts now.

"Defensively, set-pieces are a matter of knowledge. 

"We displayed that today with urgency, together with good football that we displayed in the first half. 

"When we conceded, we recovered quickly.

"Scoring four goals in two games is a good ratio.

"But, given our chances, we want more. 

"Today we didn't score our set-pieces and we have one of the best set-piece takers and attackers of set-pieces in the league. We need more on that side." 

Paunovic went on to confirm that it is too early at this point to know the severity of Lucas Joao's injury after the striker hobbled off in the second half of the win.

Ovie Ejaria will also be examined ahead of Tuesday's visit of Bristol City and may return to the team.

On transfers, Paunovic said the club will have to work on an 'individual deal basis' as they attempt to make more additions following the loan capture of Tom Dele-Bashiru.

"We have been given a framework for how we can make something happen.

"Then, when we do a good job with that, we present it and we were allowed to go ahead with the signing of Tom.

"There is a limit and we'll look to see how far we can get but it's going to be a question of one by one.
"I'm not anticipating anything before Bristol City on Tiesday but anything can happen in 48 or 72 hours."