Brian McDermott must have been a happy man yesterday evening after a eventful, action packed afternoon at The Valley in a brilliant 4-3 victory against Charlton.
With the Royals going in at half time 3-1 up with goals with Yann Kermorgant and Ola John, there was positivity to extend after the break but in typical Reading fashion there was a brief meltdown when Charlton equalised to make it 3-3, but Deniss Rakels' scored his first goal for the Royals in the 93rd minute to grab those all important three points.
With 3,000 Royals fans at the game, McDermott told the official club website:
"I was amazed how many fans we had here today - that's why we play.
"We play for them - I didn't want to lose that game or draw it - I wanted to win it for those people behind that goal today. That's for them.
"I'll love it tonight at about 11 o'clock! The fact that we've got the win is great - we'd have lost that match a few months ago. We've been really tight at the back and I've been banging on about clean sheets, and we've been saying the same in the dressing room - but we conceded three today.
"I loved the first half. I thought we played some fabulous football and scored three great goals. We talked at half-time about controlling the game and making sure we didn't do anything rash. We didn't do that - it was end-to-end. It was we have a go, they have a go.
"We have to learn from that. But Deniss got us out of trouble right at the end - that was a fabulous finish and the goals were top, top drawer."
McDermott was pleased that we came back into the game after throwing away a two goal lead, he added:
"We know about their ability - character was a question-mark. But they have shown that resilience to get off the floor. At 3-3, you're thinking 'which way is it going?'
"So I'm absolutely delighted for Deniss tonight. He's a great lad and his English is coming on a bundle now. It's lovely for him, it's good for the lads - they are great lads. It's three wins on the trot now, so that's great.
"It was a brilliant pass from Yann for Ola John's finish - and Ola's cross for Kermorgant's header was brilliant. Kermorgant's second finish was brilliant, and that finish from Deniss was brilliant. I don't use that word very often, and I've just used it four times."
Next up for the Royals are Fulham at the Madejski next Saturday, can we make it four out of four?