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Preston Fan Verdict: Royals Fight Back To Gain First League Win

How the Reading fans reacted to the Royals’ first win of the season at Preston.

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Reading travelled north to Preston on Saturday still searching for that vacant first win of the league season, and they deservedly got it thanks to a spirited display. After twice going ahead and twice being pegged back, Leandro Bacuna popped up with a late winner to make sure that the three points headed back down to Berkshire.

It’s a relief to finally get that first win of the season, and hopefully we can kick on now and make our way up the table. Here’s how the Reading fans reacted to some of the key talking points from the 3-2 victory in Lancashire.

Sam Walker

Sam Walker stepped in to the starting line-up for the first time in a Championship game after Vito Mannone picked up a knock in training, and he definitely put his name forward for a regular starting spot after an impressive performance. The former Colchester United keeper made some crucial saves, most notably from Josh Earl in the second half.

Here’s how the fans reacted to a man of the match display from the 26 year-old...

Fighting spirit

Reading once again showed their fight and desire having been pegged back twice by Preston. They showed it against Aston Villa a few weeks ago with Sam Baldock’s late equaliser, and they went one further on Saturday when Bacuna tapped home to secure all three points.

You may be able to criticise the results and some of the individual errors that have been made so far this season, but once again the passion and togetherness of this group was there to be seen which is a positive sign. Reading fans took to Twitter to applaud the attitude of the team...

A win... at last!

How good does that feel? Finally, Reading managed to gain all three points, and what a way to do it! It was no less than they deserved over the 90 minutes, of course there was some suspect defending, and they definitely rode their luck at times but the Royals were deserved winners.

The scenes at the end when the whole team came over to applaud the fans who had made the long trip up north were brilliant, let’s just hope this is a turning point in our season. The fans certainly carried on their high spirits on Twitter post-game...


What a win, but that’s all it is. Reading can’t rest on their laurels, they need to kick on now and turn this season around after a poor start. With two home games coming up against Norwich and Hull next, there is no reason why the Royals can’t kick on and get some more points under their belt.


Now you’ve read this, check back on our match report and player ratings from the 3-2 win.