Reading manager Jose Gomes admitted no-one wants to win more than him following the Royals' narrow 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

Marvin Johnson's goal was the difference between the sides but Reading had some great chances to level matters approaching the final whistle.

The loss meant it was Reading's fourth defeat in seven league games so far this term but Gomes explained he has a real desire to win games and be successful for the club.

He said: "Nobody in this club, the fans, the players, the directors, nobody wants to win more than me.

"Nobody knows better than me how the players are and who are the best players to start the game.

"If we started this game now, I would start the same players. If we played the same game, these players would not miss the same situations they did in this game."

Overall, Gomes was very pleased with his side's performance on Teesside and believes his team were very unlucky, with a couple of refereeing decisions hard to fathom.

He added: "I felt my side remained disciplined and focused.

"If we finish with a draw, I couldn't feel happy because we came to win.

"Part of the game we dominated, not just controlled and we were not clinical in the moments that we get the chances. This is football.

"We conceded a strange goal. If you don't score, this can happen.

"I don't talk about the referee. There was a situation in the first half [elbow to Meite from Adam Clayton].

"If we don't protect the players, we don't protect the football.

"There is no doubt it is a red card and it would have been a different game but no excuses. The way that I saw the games was clear. We created enough situations to win the game and I cannot say anything about the way my players fought because we controlled the game."