While Reading were out earning their first Premier League point, seven players under contract with the Royals were in action for clubs on out loan. This week saw a first goal in English football for one, while another earned some family bragging rights.
Join us below the jump for the latest loan watch.
Joseph Mills - Burnley (Championship) Apps: 2
C1C - 1R: Port Vale 1-3 Burnley
The Royals left-back is with Burnley for the season and started his loan spell in the North West well, helping Burnley to wins in the Capital One Cup and in their Championship opener. Mills played 90 minutes in both games, and kept former Royals loanee Benik Afobe quiet in their league clash with Bolton as Burnley ran out 2-0 winners. Mills could have been facing former Reading captain and brother Matt but the defender was an unused substitute on the Bolton bench... I'll pause for the collective awww on behalf of our former skipper...... moving on.
Mikkel Andersen - Portsmouth (League 1) Apps: 1
L1: Portsmouth 1-1 Bournemouth
Andersen completed a loan move to the financial crippled south coast side at the end of last week and was signed in time to line up for Pompy's first game in the third tier for 29 years. Andersen earned praise for a couple of fine saves in the second half with the keeper able to do little with Bournemouth's equaliser with 12 minutes to go.
Michael Hector - Shrewsbury (League 1) Apps: 2
L1: Sheffield Utd 1-0 Shrewsbury
After the disappointment of last week's 4-0 thrashing at Leeds, Shrewsbury returned to Yorkshire and gained a much more credible result against last year's beaten play-off finalists Sheffield United. Hector had a day to forget in last Saturday's defeat but Hector had a decent game by most accounts, his only real negative coming with a second half caution. Hector wasn't really involved in the goal as David McAllister volleyed home a 'pinpoint cross' from former Royals full-back Marcus Williams.
Gozie Ugwu - Yeovil (League 1) Apps: 2
C1C - 1R : Yeovil 3-0 Colchester
Striker Ugwu played his first competitive games for Yeovil this week, helping the South West side into the second round of the Capital One Cup and earning a league draw against relegated Coventry. The youngster picked up a slight injury in the cup tie and had to be substituted but was fit to play an hour against the Sky Blues. He was forced to play in an unfamiliar position out on the wing but Yeovil fans praised him for putting in a decent shift.
Angus MacDonald - AFC Wimbledon (League 2) Apps: 2
C1C - 1R Stevenage 3-1 AFC Wimbledon
L2: AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Chesterfield
Young defender Angus MacDonald played the full 90 minutes in both of the Dons games this week, with the centre back's through ball providing the winner in Saturday's league opener against Chesterfield. In the same game MacDonald also nearly found the net with a free-kick, while he also picked up a booking in the League Cup defeat at Stevenage.
Karl Sheppard - Accrington (League 2) Apps: 2 Goals: 1
Sheppard scored his first goal in English football for Accrington this weekend, as his looping header gave Stanley all three points at Southend. Accrington were generally under the cosh for most of the game and his goal was his only real attacking contribution of note in a 77 minute display from the Irishman. Accrington had just five shots in the game but it was good to see Sheppard be the one to make the difference and hopefully there's more goals to come.
Brett Williams - Woking (Conference Premier) Apps: 3 Goals: 0
Williams played just over an hour in both of Woking's games this week, with his loan team winning both matches. Williams had efforts on goal in both games but wasn't directly involved of any of Woking's four goals this week.