YAKOU Meite urged Reading FC to shake off their malice and turn things around quickly after their gut-wrenching last-gasp defeat to Leeds United.

Leeds hit Royals on the break for Jack Harrison to snatch an 87th minute winner on Tuesday night.

The collapse saw Reading slump to their second successive defeat under new boss Mark Bowen - his first at Madejski Stadium.

But striker Meite insisted: “We’re disappointed to concede right at the end.

“We had a few chances to score, we were unlucky but we need to turn around quickly and focus on Wigan on Saturday.

“We are a good side, we’ve lost two tight games but we know what we can do.

“But we need to get the points, there’s no point in saying we played well if we don’t get the result.”

Meite himself had a golden chance to put the Royals in front when he powered a header straight at Leeds’ stopper Kiko Casilla.

It comes after George Puscas missed a sitter in Saturday’s defeat away at Brentford while the scores were level.

But Meite stressed Royals will soon be back on the scoresheet, adding: “Football is like that.

“I’m sure the goal will come so we’re not worried about it. We need to have faith in ourselves.”

Bowen was forced into two changes to his starting XI following an injury to Sam Baldock and a one-game suspension for Andy Yiadom.

Ivory Coast international Meite was called in to the side while Chris Gunter made his long-awaited return to first-team football.

Wales’ record cap holder was frozen out under former boss Jose Gomes but has been offered a clean slate under Bowen.

And Meite continued: “He did well. I’m so happy for him.

“He deserves a lot of credit. Everyone likes him and we all knew what his situation was.

“It’s tough to be out of the squad and come back against a side like Leeds.”