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Wigan Fans Verdict: Perfect Puscas Steals The Show

How the Loyal Royals reacted to a game that may have just sparked both Reading’s and George Puscas’ season into life.

After a very difficult couple of games and results against Leeds United and Brentford, Saturday marked the beginning of a run of games in which Reading will really fancy themselves to get results - and they started that run of games very well.

The first half was flat, sloppy and poor from Mark Bowen’s men and probably left a lot of Reading fans feeling like another loss was on its way as we found ourselves 1-0 down at half time and not looking like scoring.

Step forward George Puscas.

The Romanian International showed everyone in the second half just why Reading spent the big bucks on him and just what he can offer us when he’s in full flow. It was a destructive five minutes from Puscas, which saw him net a brilliant hat-trick and win the game for the Royals.

Hopefully this is the game that will really kickstart his season as if he is on this kind of form throughout the rest of the season, we have a serious striker on our hands and a player who can win games for us in an instant.

Here’s how the fans reacted to some of the key talking points to come from the came, which obviously includes their utter delight for Puscas...

No Ejaria or Swift

The day didn’t get off to the greatest of starts for the Reading fans as, come 2pm on Saturday afternoon when the team news was released, both of Reading’s key men - Ovie Ejaria and John Swift - were nowhere to be seen on the teamsheet.

It would later be revealed that Ovie missed out due to illness so *should* be back in time for next weekend against Birmingham City but John Swift will be out for the next 3-4 weeks which is a huge blow for Bowen and his team.

The fans certainly didn’t respond well to this news, and you can hardly blame them as both Ejaria and Swift have been the two standout players for us all season, let’s just hope their absence is any longer than it should be...

Puscas party

This is what he can do - and this is why both Gomes and Bowen have stuck with him throughout his tough start to the season.

A ruthless penalty, a turn and finish that prime Didier Drogba would’ve been proud of and an ice-cold left footed finish made up a truly sensational hat-trick and a whirlwind five minutes for the former Inter Milan Striker.

He has been guilty of missing a lot of chances since joining in the summer, but give him time and this lad will be a serious centre-forward for us. Hopefully this is just the beginning of what he can offer us going forward.

Understandably so, Puscas left the fans purring on Twitter after the game...

Praise for Bowen

For so often we have a lacked a Plan B in games, meaning that it’s been so hard for us to get back into games trying to persevere with a failing formula - Bowen changed that on Saturday afternoon.

When it wasn’t going our way, Bowen sacrificed Michael Morrison for Lucas Joao, sending the Portuguese upfront with Puscas and moving Boye and McCleary out wide into a 4-4-2 - and it worked an absolute treat.

With Ejaria hopefully back in contention next weekend, whether or not Bowen sticks with the 3-5-2 or starts with the 4-4-2 against Birmingham City remains to be seen but at least now we might have the makings of a Plan B.

The fans were impressed with Bowen’s substitutions and tactical tweaks which went a long way to securing a crucial three points...

Conclusion

A big, big win for us at the start of a vital run of games coming up for the Royals - all of which the team and Bowen will be feeling confident of getting a result in.

Hopefully Puscas will carry on this form, Ejaria will be back and the lads will be playing in front of a rocking Mad Stad next weekend against Birmingham City.

URZ