Djibril Cisse levelled the scores after 60 minutes to cancel out Kaspars Gorkss’ opener for the Royals which saw the game end 1-1.
Although he wasn’t impressed with his side’s showing in the opening 45 minutes, Hughes saw many positives during the second period:
“Credit to us second-half we made a much better game of it, in terms of being brave in possession, getting on the ball and really driving the game to Reading,” He told Sky Sports.
“First-half we were too passive, certainly in the initial period we could not get out and get our foot on the ball and play the type of game we wanted to.”
The 49-year-old also singled out the displays of Esteban Granero, Samba Diakite and Adel Taarabt as being particularly impressive:
“We just had to up the tempo, be a bit braver and force the issue a little bit more than we did in the first half and I thought we did that, Esteban Granero got on the ball in a more progressive way, Samba Diakite got to grips with it and I thought Adel was the shining light for us.”
Gorkss gave Reading the lead shortly after the quarter-of-an-hour mark, volleying in following Sean Morrison’s effort, which hit the crossbar.
However, Cisse levelled the game with 25 minutes to play, as he latched onto Jose Bosingwa’s cross to poke home.