JAAP Stam bemoaned Reading FC's decision making in the wake of yet another dismal Championship afternoon for the Royals.

The Dutchman saw his team slump to a third straight defeat at Madejski Stadium as Royals failed to continue their form from the FA Cup match against Stevenage in midweek.

Lasse Vibe's goal was enough to send Bees back to London the happier side but in truth Dean Smith's side could so easily increased the deficit.

And 45-year-old Stam said his players need to learn to adapt if they want to start climbing back up the table.

“Our passing and decision-making weren’t good enough," bemoaned Stam.

"We need to anticipate situations a lot better.

“When you have an opportunity to score you need to take it. It doesn’t happen, then Brentford score.

“We tried to get back into it, but they made it difficult for us.

“It’s happened a couple of times this season where we have an opportunity to score ourselves, we don’t manage it, then the opposition score.

“It’s something we have worked on and talked about, but it happens and it’s very frustrating.

"They took their opportunity.

"Everyone knows what we need to do to get out of this.

"We need to work hard as a team and players need to work hard as individuals to get out of this.

"We need to adapt to what's happening on the pitch.

"Everybody knows it's a difficult situation but as you can see it's difficult to get out of it.

"Sometimes we need to do better but we are playing against good teams."

Royals now sit just four points above the Championship drop zone. They are without a win in the last eight league games.

Stam continued: "There is enough quality in the team to do better than this.

"Sometimes players need to make the right choice and step up in order to change our own game."

Royals travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night to face Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth round.