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Fulham Fans Verdict: Royals Continue Winning Streak

How the fans reacted to Reading’s fourth win in a row which capped off a fantastic festive period.

Wow, just wow. What a performance and what a result. Wednesday afternoon showed just how far this team has come in such a short space of time. The large majority of the Reading fanbase questioned the decision to hire Mark Bowen, but I very much doubt they are questioning anything now.

All we as fans ever ask is that the players leave everything they have got out on that pitch, and we are now starting to see that in abundance. Combine that with the obvious quality we have in the likes of Swift, Ejaria, Joao etc and you have a very exciting and promising recipe.

These last two games against Preston and now Fulham have shown the potential this team has, and it’s made the fans understandably very excited for what is to come in the 2020 - it was the perfect start to the New Year.

We were desperately close to claiming our fifth clean sheet in a row which by no means would’ve been undeserved, as the entire defence - including Miazga when he came on - plus the heroic Rafael were, once again, absolutely gigantic.

Here’s how the fans reacted to some of the key talking points to yet another fantastic result and performance - I think it’s fair to say they were all in a celebratory New Year mood...

Pele

Pele is a player, like many of our summer signings, who took their time to find their feet and settle down. In the opening months of the season, he was slow in possession and you could tell he was struggling to adapt to the Championship. However, he is now beginning to show why he can be the holding midfielder we’ve been craving.

He was outstanding yet again on Wednesday. Against a side with the attacking prowess of Fulham, he sniffed out any danger and epitomised the defensive awareness and quality that has been such a huge factor in our recent climb up the table.

Playing next to the more technically gifted Swift, Ejaria and Adam, the defensive work of Pele very often goes under the radar - but not on Wednesday...

Fantastic festive period

Wednesday rounded off an extremely successful Christmas period - one that far surpassed the expectations of us Reading fans. Four wins in a row, including three clean sheets, all whilst using the same starting eleven in the last three games is really something to be proud of.

Whatever this group of players had for Christmas dinner worked an absolute treat. Whilst looking impenetrable at the back, we are also looking more and more dangerous going forward - once Swift and Ejaria find those pockets of space inbetween the midfield and defence, all the opposition can do is pray.

The recent form has certainly got the fans in extremely high spirits - and rightly so...

Mark Bowen

A lot of Reading fans, myself very much included, will be beginning to eat their humble pie after the win against Fulham. The appointment of Bowen was much criticised by all corners of the fanbase, but not anymore.

The Welshman has reinvigorated this team and now we look like we can toe to toe with everyone in this league. Defensively we are miles better than anything we have been used to in recent years, and going forward we are so much more clinical and devastating.

The love was pouring in for the gaffer on New Year’s Day, and long may it continue. Mark Bowen’s barmy army...

Conclusion

A fantastic away day, an even better result and performance. These players are digging in the for the badge and that’s the greatest feeling we can have as fans of our club.

Long may this run continue, but please let’s not get too excited - one game at a time.

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