Reading manager Ruben Selles felt his side deserved the victory as they defeated promotion-chasing Derby 1-0 in League One.
The win came off the back of news that the Berkshire side were given a suspended three-point deduction for the abandonment of their recent game against Port Vale due to a pitch invasion.
A second-half goal from Paul Mukairu proved the difference in a game that closes the survival gap to four points.
While Selles was unsurprised with the decision of the EFL, he preferred to focus on his side.
He said “We are very happy with the performance of the team and the boys. They responded really well and got three points towards our target. We need to continue like we did today.
“We still need to improve, sometimes in that final third especially we miss the last pass.
“One was enough today but we could have closed the game if we found that final pass better.
“If you see previous cases from the EFL, the statement and punishment they put out today was in line with the other clubs – we knew that was going to come.
“The fans made their point last time, and they made their point today that they were supportive on the pitch. What we saw today was a team playing well.”
Reading had the first opportunity on 16 minutes when captain Andy Yiadom turned in the box but saw his shot come off the post and into the arms of keeper Josh Vickers.
The home side went ahead nine minutes after the interval. Femi Azeez found the woodwork – the third time in the match the ball had hit the post – but the rebound fell into the path of Mukairu who slotted home for his fifth goal of the season.
Reading were clearly growing in confidence after going ahead, although they perhaps should have been pegged back on 64 minutes when Tyreece John-Jules directed a header wide.
That was as good as it got for Derby, who disappointed in their chance to go top, leaving manager Paul Warne frustrated at the lacklustre display.
He said “Disappointed, we had a good opportunity to get to the top of the league.
“I thought we got outfought and outrun. We didn’t win enough second balls and if you can’t play the way you want to play you have to roll your sleeves up.
“We got caught too many times in the middle of the pitch, and I don’t think we did enough in the final third to win the game.
“Maybe I should have freshened the side up a bit more, but we have got a really talented team.
“To go top, I would expect more from my team and the dressing room expects more as well.”