It just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it? Again, Saturday afternoon’s performance against Rotherham wasn't great - far from it in fact - but we showed the grit, fight and spirit that we’ve showed all season so far to take home another three points.
Yes, we struggled for large proportions of the game going forward, and the xG stattos will probably have steam coming out of their ears that we’ve won again without really creating all that much - but that makes it even sweeter. Well it does for met at least. We’re top of the league by five points. You don’t get top of the this league without deserving to be there.
From a defensive point of view, I’m running out of superlatives to describe how good Liam Moore and Michael Morrison have been at the start of this season. They have both been absolute man mountains. Richards is quickly becoming one of the most complete full backs in the division, and Tomas Esteves did well in conditions that I’m sure he’s not so used to in Portugal.
The feel-good factor is in full flow in the fanbase at the minute - as shown by their reaction to some of the key talking points to come from Reading’s sixth win of the season...
I don't know about you, but I’ve had a real love-hate relationship with Meite since he joined on a free from PSG in 2016. One minute he can do something that makes you pull your hair out in frustration, the next he's putting bicycle kicks in the top corner.
Ultimately though, I don’t think you can argue with how important he is to the team - both on and off the pitch. He is a real character and seems to be a huge presence in the dressing room. And, on the pitch, he’s a goalscorer, and goalscorer’s win you games.
It was his second goal against the Millers that really got the fans off of their seats (well, sofas). It was a sensational goal, and one that’s worthy of winning any football match. The technique to adjust his body, and then the ability to get the contact with it to plant it into the top corner is truly impressive. It certainly wowed the Loyal Royals...
The Madejski stadium is my church and Yakou Meite is my god.#Readingfc— Niall - Reading 106 (@Reading106) October 24, 2020
That goal by Miete. I can't believe what I saw.— Reading FC Blue And White Wall (@bluewhitewall) October 24, 2020
Meite wasn't greedy, he tried passing to Olise but failed. Then Esteves nearly scored a screamer. Then Meite scored that insane goal. If that isn't the goal of the season then we are in for one hell of a season.#ReadingFC pic.twitter.com/pzIlcfUEtv
MEITE MAKES IT 2-0!!!!! WHAT A GOAL THAT IS!!!! UNREAL ⚪️ #readingfc— Luke (@Luke1871_) October 24, 2020
Goodness me what a goal that is by Meite stunning over head kick #readingfc— Jack (@thesimpsonRFC) October 24, 2020
That Meite goal cures Erectile dysfunction. #readingfc— Imran Escőbar (@razor5edge) October 24, 2020
YOU CAN'T DO THAT YAKOU MEITE #readingfc— George Campbell (Reading 20/06/2020 ) (@1ntrepidtravel) October 24, 2020
I have always backed Liam Moore, and have always thought he’s our best centre back - at the end of the day, form is temporary and class is permanent. He's starting to show that class once again this season.
I wrote a piece on Moore a couple of weeks ago, but now i think it’s clear to all the fans now that he is well and truly back to his best. Alongside his defensive partner Michael Morrison, he has been imperious this season and is fully deserving of six clean sheets out of seven.
He was a rock yet again on Saturday, and the fans were quick to praise him on Twitter after the game...
The whole back 4 were immense today, especially Liam Moore #readingfc— lewis hayes (@lewismarkhayes2) October 24, 2020
Liam Moore is back to his best. Very good again today! #readingfc— Harley (@harleylane1) October 24, 2020
I’ve not been Liam Moore’s biggest fan over the last year or so but have got to give him immense credit. Looked imperious every minute of this season - undoubtedly my POTS so far. #readingfc— Oli Rowse (@oliverrowse) October 24, 2020
Liam Moore and Omar Richards have been fantastic today #readingfc— Ollie Broad (@OllieBroad21RFC) October 24, 2020
Good old Moore saving us. #ReadingFC— Reading FC Blue And White Wall (@bluewhitewall) October 24, 2020
My early top 3 POTS contenders so far are,— Saul (@Saul1871) October 24, 2020
Reply with your top 3 #readingfc
Five points clear
It’s only October and we’re only seven games into the season, but to have 19 points from those first seven games, and only conceding one goal in the process is, quite frankly, a truly ridiculous return.
The thing is, too, there is so much room for improvement. We clearly haven’t quite clicked in an attacking sense yet, and with the likes of Swift and Yiadom still out injured, it is so exciting thinking about what this team could do when we’re in full flow.
But as starts to the season go, it hasn't been a bad one, has it? Here's a round up of tweets from fans that just show the general feel good factor that surrounds the club at the moment...
And we’ve done it again- comfortable win without playing great. Finally the momentum we’ve been crying out for! 5 clear at the top too- happy Saturday! #readingfc— James Earnshaw (@JamesEarnshaw10) October 24, 2020
Attacks win games but defences win championships.— Matt (@lines_aviation) October 24, 2020
1 goal conceded in 7 games, 5 points clear at the top of the championship, best start to a championship season in history, best birthday present I could have asked for. #Readingfc https://t.co/Z6Pu78RWSU
Another poor performance but still winning 3-0 and now 5 points clear at the top? You really love to see it #readingfc— Alex Dow (@AlexDow9) October 24, 2020
Another Saturday, another clean sheet and another win to keep us top. I know it probably won’t last but after the last few seasons of relegation scraps I’m making the most of every second. @ReadingFC #readingfc https://t.co/K8lQ21Jiax— Peter Meek (@Peter_Meek1990) October 24, 2020
Don't care its Rotherham. Don't care about xG. Just care im still going and enjoying being top of the league. Suppose I'll have to see this bottle off too. @willow1871 #Readingfc pic.twitter.com/VencaKaztB— Niall - Reading 106 (@Reading106) October 24, 2020
You can say what you want about performances, xg and anything else, but #ReadingFC have 19 points from a possible 21, have conceded just once and are five points clear at the top of the table. A remarkable start. Dilly dilly.— Olly Allen (@OllyAllen_) October 24, 2020
Three goals, three points, no goals conceded. There really is nothing to complain about is there? What a start we’ve had to the season. But that’s all it is. We all know how quickly it can change in this league, but Pauno will keep the players’ heads screwed on and will be ready for whatever comes next.
Up next, probably our toughest task yet - a trip up north to Blackburn. Best attack in the league vs the best defence. It’ll be good. URZ