ROVERS were left with another serious case of Ref Rage after defeat at the Madejski Stadium - but boss Sean O’Driscoll was in no mood for making excuses.
After the final whistle furious assistant boss Richard O’Kelly demanded a showdown with the referee’s assessor after match official Graham Salisbury refused to rule out Reading’s first goal for a foul on Neil Sullivan by Adam Le Fondre.
Sullivan, recalled to the starting line-up in favour of Gary Woods, let the ball slip from his grasp under a challenge from the former Rotherham striker and could only divert the ball straight into the grateful path of Simon Church to tap home on 52 minutes.
An unmarked Le Fondre then added insult to injury by heading in Reading’s second and extending Rovers’ win-less run to 19 games.
O’Driscoll was disappointed with the award of the first goal but said his team could have no excuses.
He said: “We made too many mistakes.
“We can’t keep on making excuses. If you make mistakes in this division you get punished.
“We were unfortunate not to be given a free kick in the build up to the first goal – Le Fondre jumps into Neil and he spills the ball.
“But it’s too easy just to say we’re not getting the rub of the green.
“I thought the time was right to bring Neil back into the side,” added O’Driscoll on the return of Sullivan to the side.
“It’s difficult trying to blood a young 20-year-old and Neil just gives us that bit more experience.”
Late in the game John Oster got through on goal for Rovers – but with the goal at his mercy he chose to pass instead of having a shot.
It was an incident that clearly irritated O’Driscoll.
He said: “That’s not indicative of a lack of confidence, it’s indicative of John Oster.
“He took the easy way out.
“But everyone else just let’s him get away with it.
“You can give people confidence to shoot without ripping their heads off and screaming at people.
“But somebody out on the field has to take responsibility.
“We’re lacking a little know how at the moment and if we’re going to move forward we need to be a little more ruthless in the things we do.”