After the disappointing performance and result on Wednesday night, and with significant injuries for both Yakou Meite and Lucas Joao in that match against Birmingham City, the odds seemed to be stacked against us going into the game against QPR.
However, once again, this team showed us exactly what they’re made of, and exactly why this season has the foundations to be a very special one for us fans.
It was a proper Championship away performance. We scrapped, looked hard to beat and limited the home side to very few clear-cut chances - in fact, I can’t remember Rafael making a save.
When your defensive players do their job, which they did, and you have players like Michael Olise at the top end of the pitch, you always give yourself a chance of snatching a win. We’ll speak about Olise in more detail later on, but boy is that kid special. An absolute star boy.
There wasn’t a lot for the fans to be unhappy about on Saturday night, but there were wary about the injuries that are beginning to stack up. Another key player is now out for a good period of time as Omar Richards limped off in the first half.
Here’s how the fans reacted to the key talking points...
As I’ve just said, this is the one thing the fans will be worried about. Joao and Meite were both injured in the loss to Birmingham in midweek and now, to rub salt into those wounds, Omar Richards will now be out for a little while with a hamstring injury of his own.
This is a big blow. You guys don't need me to tell you how good Richards has been at left back this season, he’s been arguably our stand-out performer.
With the injuries starting to rack up again, it left the fans a little concerned on Twitter...
Joao and Meite are a massive loss and that bench just shows the lack of depth we have #readingfc— Hoops (@Hoops_1871) December 12, 2020
So our injury list is...— ReeceRFC (@Reece_RFC) December 12, 2020
So Joao out, Meite Out, Puscas out, Richards out, Araruna out, Swift out Yiadom out. That's nearly half the team out, it will absolute miracle if Reading are still in the top six at the end of January #readingfc— Jack (@thesimpsonRFC) December 12, 2020
Without Joao, Meite and Olise our attacking threat looks weak. No confidence going in to this game at all #readingfc— Dominic (@domwindle) December 12, 2020
Losing Richards is an awful blow, he's paying the price for playing so many games in succession due to us not having suitable back up at left back. #readingfc— Nath St Paul (@NathStPaul) December 12, 2020
Huge three points
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and there will definitely be some fans who were unimpressed with the performance as a whole and some who thought it was the perfect away performance and beautiful in its own right.
I’m definitely in that latter category, but ultimately we managed to get three absolutely huge points.
It was a scrappy game with no real clear-cut chances for either team, but we managed to get the three points regardless which is what the best teams tend to do.
The fans were delighted with the win, and who can blame them?
a good win. not a great performance and we lack depth 10000%. but a win is a win, onto norwich #readingfc— jord❄️ (@_jord19x) December 12, 2020
Up the ding! Massive win! 7 first team players out and an away win. Massive boost ahead of the Norwich game. #readingfc— Tim Patten (@TimRobinPatten) December 12, 2020
They are the type of wins that show a promotion side #ReadingFC— Crowley (@_oscarcrowley) December 12, 2020
No Joao, no Meite, no problems. Get in, great win #readingfc— Ben Print (@PrintyBen) December 12, 2020
Not quite sure how we've managed to win that but I'll take it. Scrappy performance but result is the most important thing. #readingfc— Harrison Mitchell (@harrison1871rfc) December 12, 2020
The best teams always come through in the end and get the job done. Great last minute win #Readingfc ⚽️— Jamie Burr (@Jamiepburr98) December 12, 2020
Yes its great when we outplay teams...but boy do I love a battling 1-0 away win with a late goal! Good call from Pauno to keep Olise fresh and have an impact off the bench #readingfc— Ben Greenwood (@BenMoGraph) December 12, 2020
That is still a massive win especially with the amount of injuries Reading have. It's fantastic to see the spirit that is being shown by the players right now. Just need to hang in there come January #readingfc— Jack (@thesimpsonRFC) December 12, 2020
I don’t need to sit here and type out a few paragraphs about how good is the kid is. We already know it.
Once again he stole the show on Saturday afternoon, this time with a wonderful last-minute winner. A player going all the way to the top, and a player the fans have already fallen in love with...
Michael Olise, the £75 million man. #ReadingFC— Scott from the States (@American_Royals) December 12, 2020
Can't believe Olise's actually going to win the Ballon d'Or in 3 years time #readingfc— Matt Lansley (@mattlansley97) December 12, 2020
Messi defo has a poster of Michael Olise on his bedroom wall #readingfc— Purty good thanks (@CheckmateBA) December 12, 2020
I’ll be real I’m not taking any less than 60 million for Micheal Olise in today’s market ♂️ #readingfc— ADOT (@Alfie_Eaton01) December 12, 2020
Michael Olise scoring the winner today is the equivalent of someone handing out sweets at school on their own birthday. You love to see it. #readingfc— Tom Light (@tomlight93) December 12, 2020
We really are Michael Olise club de football right now. #ReadingFC— Matheus (@MaffRoyal) December 12, 2020
What a win today. Second string attack, sadly picked up another injury. But when you have a player like Olise, we always have a chance.— Alex Stone (@alexgstone) December 12, 2020
Little known fact: The song Starboy by The Weeknd was based on the coming of Michael Olise. #readingfc— Imran Escőbar (@razor5edge) December 12, 2020
A very, very important win all things considered. With the injuries mounting up and the next two games being Norwich City and Brentford, that could end up being a very big three points.
However, when you have players like Michael Olise on the pitch, you’ve always got a chance of winning a football game.
Onwards and upwards. URZ.