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Rotherham Fans Verdict: Feel-Good Factor Continues

The Loyal Royals were in a gleeful mood yet again, and who can blame them as they saw their team claim yet another win.

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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...

Meite’s goal

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...

Captain Moore

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...

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...

Conclusion

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