Reading fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Port Vale, failing to register a shot on target in the second half.

Here is every word from boss Ruben Selles.

Selles on the performance

I don’t think it was poor, I think it was a poor second half. In the first half we controlled the game and had situations to score- the penalty. In the second half we didn’t and when we made substitutions to bring some energy, we conceded a goal that shouldn’t happen. First of all, we had the structure to stop the transition and a series of mistakes. We never came back. These games happen. We talked about it on Tuesday: we are a work in progress. Unfortunately, today we couldn’t put the performance today.

Selles on making eight changes

I have the players that are fit and ready to play. Players have been working well, both the ones that started Tuesday and the ones that started today. We didn’t show what we needed to do. Everybody is fit but we need to consider everyone needs time to rest and young players playing 90 minutes on a Tuesday we need to take care of them. There is always regret when you don’t win the game, but I need to analyse.

Selles on losing to Port Vale following last week's 7-0 defeat at Barnsley

We don’t get the reference for 7-0. I played Manchester United last year after losing 7-0 at Liverpool, it’s still their team. It can happen- I don’t think they were that poor last week but that’s not the reference. We were not where we should be, defending our box and we cannot accept the performance.

Selles on Andy Carroll performance

We wanted to put Cheeks on to put his action around Andy Carroll trying to move there because he was having two or three around him. Kelvin was dropping a little bit, his performance, so that’s why we kept Andy on the pitch. He had a big drop at the beginning of the second half, it’s why I say we need to take care of our players.

Selles' message to supporters

It’s not an apology, we just weren’t good enough. We don’t want them to waste their time so we need to work hard to make them proud. Today was not acceptable and we will work hard to make it better for the next game.

Selles on Tuesday's match with Cheltenham Town

It’s always good to get a game straight after to show that we are capable. We were not capable today.

Selles on incomings

Maybe, it is possible.