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West Brom Fans Verdict: All But Safe

West Brom couldn’t find their way past another impressive defensive performance from Reading.

What a feeling, what a glorious feeling. Another season in the Championship all but secured with a huge point against West Brom. The Mad Stad was rocking and the boys put in a performance that probably deserved all three points.

Every single player was prepared to to leave blood, sweat and tears on that pitch to get the result we so desperately needed on Monday afternoon. And that is all we ever want as fans, but it’s been missing for so long.

Even though we didn’t win, it was probably the most enjoyable 90 minutes of the season. The atmosphere, the performance from the players and the scenes at the end of the game just make all the hard days worth it. We have our football club back.

Even though it was a 0-0 draw, there were of course some key talking points that the fans picked up on after the game on Twitter...

Lewis Baker

We should be doing everything we possibly can to make sure Baker is still with us for the start of next season. He absolutely ran the show on Monday. His quality is clear to see, but he’s playing as if he’s a boyhood Reading fan. The same can be said for all of the loan players, but Baker stood out against the Baggies and was the best player on the pitch.

If it wasn’t for a worldie save from Sam Johnstone, he also would’ve had a goal to his name that his performance deserved.

Of course, we have to stick to Financial Fair Play, and no deal should be done if it could potentially harm our future. However, Baker is forming a brilliant partnership with Andy Rinomhota in midfield, and it would be great to see him in the Hoops again next season. The fans certainly agree...

The atmosphere

Probably the best Madejski Stadium atmosphere of recent times. All four stands were behind the boys from the get go, and when the stadium is bouncing like that it must give the players and extra push.

It’s the start of something special at Reading, and the fans can feel it. I can’t remember the last time our club was so united and together - and with that, comes atmospheres like Monday afternoon.

Hats off has to go to Club 1871 who have persevered through a lot of criticism, but the atmosphere in there was brilliant from minute one. The players love a good atmosphere, as they’ve constantly said recently, they need us and we need them. And they’re now giving us something worth shouting and singing about...

Lord Jose Manuel Gomes

What a man. What he has done for the fans cannot be underestimated. The joy of all but securing safety on Monday allowed the fans to reflect on just how much we owe to this man.

He’s not only improved the quality on the pitch, but he’s connected the fans and players again. Before him, the atmosphere at the club was toxic at best, but now we can’t wait to get to the football every Saturday - and for that, we will be eternally grateful.

He has kept us up (virtually) and now we can look to an bright future with Jose Gomes at the helm of our club, and I for one can’t wait. And going off Twitter after the game, neither can the rest of the Reading fans...

Conclusion

What a day to be a fan of our club. It is important, though, that we keep up this momentum and don’t step off the gas pedal for these final two games. Taking momentum into the new season could be vital for a positive campaign next time out.

But first, let’s enjoy this feeling. Let’s enjoy being a fan of our team once again. And let’s enjoy Jose Gomes because, well, why not?

URZ!