Obviously there's the other side of this which is negative but I thought our younger players were our best players.
Downes and Bishop looked good when they were involved but there was little team structure going forward or anything up front to work with.
Then when Dozzell came on he showed in a few quick and accurate passes what we'd been missing before then. Contrast that with Chalobah's first time stabby lobs and lumps up the pitch that just gave the ball away.
Getting a structure and some solidity on the pitch (which will mean someone who can lead the line, Judge settling into a role and our defence taking charge of situations) would have made a big difference. Putting Skuse in as a sweeper helped with the defensive side of that so that was at least an interesting development.
We were a little random in midfield and didn't seem to pressure Brentford in any organised way so that might have made him look better. But he didn't really put a foot wrong in that deeper midfield role.
Buried a little in the main news of Brexit but the fact that we can't handle the practicalities professionally suggests any "plan" is a non-starter. I suggest those Nigerian princes start writing their letters to the government.
I got smacked as a kid plus the plimsoll and cane on the rare occasion and didn't see a problem with that. It was the norm and all my friends went through the same.
But with my own kids I've never smacked them and rarely got angry, I just tell them not to do it and why. They're good kids - sure, they still see what they can get away with and don't listen sometimes but exactly the same as we did when we were young even with the threat of physical punishment.
This has been borne out by research into the actual effectiveness of corporal punishment. Not to mention the risks and potential side-effects it creates:
If you want a moment that clarifies the utter stupidity of where we are and the political decisions and rhetoric that got us here, now we can apparently end austerity with money magically plucked from thin air.
Lots of energy, movement and commitment on and off the ball and that was enough to put a stuttering Bristol City team under pressure.
But, the big failing as always, a crucial lack of quality and composure to create real chances or work the keeper. We've got to hope that the failure to do simple things when we get in the opponent's half is a result of our lack of wins but we'll need to be a lot more effective even in League One.
There are decent and skilled players in there but somehow we're as clinical as an oven mitten.
Of course, Nsiala should have done an awful lot better for their winner, even taking into account it was a very unlucky ricochet that then set the Reading goalscorer free.
But trying to be positive I at least enjoyed his huge header over (and through) the Reading player in the first half. And I also LOVE those driven passes of his from the back. He started the season off with a few of them before his confidence seemed to go but he hit an absolute pearler up to Quaner or Bishop on Saturday. We haven't had many good examples of long balls over the past decade, so makes a change to see them hit low and accurately rather than aimlessly lofted.
After a poor spell in the middle of the first half it looked like we could get something from the game. But individual mistakes or lapses at did for us in the end.
I'm starting to think that the mistakes now come with the territory. We were on a par with Blackburn in all departments (Dack was on form and the standout player to be fair) but they just didn't make a quarter of our mistakes at some of which would be crucial.
It's all a bit of a mystery when the players can now do most things well 95% of the time and the technique levels/organisation have risen massively in recent weeks. But everyone just seems to be waiting for the inevitable error on the ball or in defence.
If there's a glimmer of hope then there are encouraging signs from Judge, Keane and Quaner. If they can click before they start making the same amount of forced and unforced errors as their teammates then maybe we can turn this death ship around.