Royals frontman Sam Baldock admitted that he was not surprised to be on the bench for Reading’s draw against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.

Baldock came off the bench to level the game at 1-1 just three minutes after Nottingham Forest opened the scoring.

Speaking after the game, Baldock gave an honest assessment about dropping to the substitutes bench. 

“I had no arguments after the last couple of games. Millwall was a tough one all round, I don’t think anyone flourished on that day.

“It’s a squad game and we’re going to need everyone so I’m glad I could contribute off the bench today.

“It’s a good job that we have a high quality squad with people ready to step in like we showed today. Some of the boys who maybe have not played as many minutes in the league as they’d of liked stepped in today seamlessly.

“We definitely did not deserve to lose. We matched them and dominated at times, they’re a good, well drilled outfit with some real talented players so we’re pleased to take a point.

“We’re well drilled, we’re well structured and you look around the dressing room and know that anyone can step in at any time. There’s a good feel around the place but we’re still not contempt with where we are.

“We know we’ve got the first half of the season to make up and we’re setting our sights on driving upwards.”

Baldock also praised youngster Michael Olise’s performance at the City Ground on Wednesday night.

“Michael is a real talent, he’ll get on the ball in any situation. He’s fearless, if you ask him today I’ll guarantee that he had no nerves. He’s a lively character and one who I’ve noticed a real change in the last couple of months.

“He’s knuckled down and realised that he’ll have to win the respect of his teammates by working hard. We saw both sides of his game today.”