So, there we go. Another season in the Championship officially confirmed. What a feeling after such a disastrous start to the campaign where it looked inevitable that we’d be playing our football in League One next year, but then along came Jose Gomes!
I don’t think words can describe how grateful the Reading fanbase are for Jose, the man’s been a revolution and completely given us our club back which is the best feeling in the world.
In hindsight, the result at Boro is now a bit irrelevant, even though I’m sure the players and the manager were all eager to secure safety themselves and get a result against the play off chasers. All focus can now be directed at Blues next weekend, where a party atmosphere will surely be on it’s way to the Mad Stad.
As ever, some key talking points did arise from the game on Saturday and the fans were quick to head to Twitter after the game to discuss them...
What a moment for the youngster. He’s taken his time to find his feet at first-team level, but this goal showed the obvious abundance of quality this kid has got. He could be a real big player for us in the coming years if he keeps providing moments of quality like that.
Loader has had his fair share of critics since breaking into the first team, but that goal might just be the catalyst for him to gain some confidence and start improving his overall performances - I certainly hope that’s the case.
It was a lovely turn to roll Obi Mikel, and then the finish was top drawer stuff giving Darren Randolph (the goalkeeper of the Year!) no chance at all in the Boro goal. The fans certainly loved the goal and, like me, are hoping that it’s just a taster of what Loader has got to offer...
What a screamer. Hopefully the start of something really good for Danny Loader. #readingfc— Paul Williams (@Paulfrankfurt) April 27, 2019
A decent half of football from the royals. Been an exciting game and what a goal from Loader. Unlucky to be down. #readingfc— Ollie Readingfc (@OllieRFC_) April 27, 2019
Fair play to Loader knocked him a lot but a great opening goal. #readingfc a— Stuart (@fents17) April 27, 2019
Gomes has done many wonderful things so far as Reading boss, no less so than his willingness to integrate more and more academy products into the first team. This was the case again as Rinomhota, Loader, Olise and Josh Barrett all played parts in the defeat on Saturday - and all impressed during their time on the pitch.
Barrett in particular impressed me - it’s really now or never for his Reading career to take off, and hopefully he can continue to push on. He showed a lot of intent and creativity during his 20-minute cameo.
Due to the need to abide by FFP rules this summer which will surely open the door for the academy graduates to really stamp their place down in the first team. We are producing some real talents, and the fans are recognising that...
Young lads did brilliant, Barrett looked exciting. Some really good football on display, didn’t deserve to lose at all. Next season will be very positive, mark my words #readingfc— Ben Turner (@benturrrner) April 27, 2019
I've been a critic in the past but Barrett looked much much improved on past performances the last few seasons. Played well today. Olise and Loader quality too, the academy is producing #ReadingFC— Matheus de Andrade (@maffff) April 27, 2019
WE ARE STAYING UP!
What a feeling and what a monumental effort from the players and manager ever since Gomes came into the club. After looking down and out under Clement, we have officially secured another season in the Championship.
Now focus can start to switch to next season, and we can begin to be positive and optimistic about the direction our club is going in. Of course, there is a huge amount of deadwood that needs to be shipped out, but if Gomes can bring in some players that fit his style - like the current loanees - then it could be an exciting season.
Here is the best of the utter delight, relief and pure joy that the fans displayed on Twitter after the game on Saturday afternoon...
Odd reactions at the Riverside. Boro fans pretty down beat after winning - too little, too late. Reading fans ecstatic after losing- we are staying up! #readingfc— Andrew (@GrossoMatto) April 27, 2019
We are staying up, we are staying up urrrrzzzz #ReadingFC Great work from Gomes after Christmas - when the table looked very uncomfortable. I wouldn’t have hired him. Lucky I don’t run the club pic.twitter.com/mKex2kavBD— David A C Spencer (@DavidACSpencer) April 27, 2019
Disappointed with the loss, just lacked quality going forward. Nonetheless... WE ARE STAYING UP!!! ⚪ #readingfc— Ben (@BenParsons89) April 27, 2019
To all the pundits that wrote us off going down from us #readingfc fans are middle finger salutes you and we’re see you in the top 12 next season if Jose gets the players in and we offload the deadwood in our team but for now THE ROYALS ARE STAYING UP— Miles (@Milesyyy12) April 27, 2019
A day where our own result became pretty irrelevant. A day to celebrate and to enjoy the last few months this team has given us.
I cannot wait for next season, but first we’ve got a party to attend next Sunday lunchtime at the Madejski... and 20,000 Reading fans have all been invited!