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Luton Town Fans Verdict: Ruthless Royals Run Amok In Luton

How the fans reacted to a fantastic response from Mark Bowen's men.

Well, that was quite a response, wasn't it?

The game against Brentford was a absolutely awful from all involved, and the fans needed and deserved a reaction against Luton, and boy did they get one. To the same extent Brentford are a very good team, Luton very much aren’t. But don’t let that take anything away from the result and the performance.

Winning 5-0 away from home anywhere in the Championship is not an easy thing to do, but the Royals made it look as easy as possible on Saturday afternoon. From the get go, every player in blue and white hoops looked hungry to put things right after last Tuesday’s horror show.

Bowen brought in the cavalry with McIntryre, Osho, Pele, Puscas and Blackett coming into the starting eleven - all of which more than repaid the gaffer’s faith, particularly the academy duo Tom McIntyre and Gabriel Osho.

Here’s how the fans reacted to some of the key talking points to come from the perfect performance against basement club Luton Town...

Yakou Meite

It would be rude to start anywhere else, wouldn't it?

The Ivorian International channeled his inner Thierry Henry against Luton to bag four of Reading’s five goals. All of which showed the composure and calmness infront of goal we’ve been dying to see from Meite for a while now.

For all the effort and dirty work that Yakou shows, I think it’s fair to say that when placed infront of goal with the ball at his feet, we never really feel comfortable that he’s going to score, but hopefully Saturday afternoon was a turning point for him.

The fans were more than pleased for him, and understandably so, as he became the first Reading player to score four goals in a game in 38 years...

George Puscas

The Romanian has come in for more than his fair share of criticism this season, but I think Saturday afternoon was another example of how if Reading play to his strengths, and we allow him time and give him patience, he will be one hell of a player for us.

George bagged himself not only a goal, but two assists two, arguably putting in his most complete performance in a Reading shirt.

This is just pure personal opinion, but please lets give this guy the time he deserves because he will turn out to be some player for us. We should be doing everything were can to keep him this summer.

Here’s how the fans reacted to his performance...

McIntyre and Osho

The defence have been shocking for the last three games, so it’s no surprise that Bowen decade to bring in three new faces to the back four - all of which more than repaid Bowens faith in them. However, it was the two academy products Gabriel Osho and Tom McIntyre that really stood out in the Reading defence.

Osho is out of contract this summer and the fans and the gaffer will be keen to tie him down to a new deal after he put in an extremely mature performance, slotting in at right back - which let’s note isn't his preferred position.

As for Tom McIntyre, honestly this lad has all the foundations in place to become a Reading legend if he wants too. He’s one of us, a fan, and also not a bad centre back too.

He was brilliant on Saturday afternoon and will surely be a mainstay in Reading’s back four next season - the fans certainly want him to be, judging by their reaction on Twitter after the game...

Conclusion

The perfect response, and one that probably puts to bed the slim fear of relegation just as much as the Brentford game put to bed the play off aspirations.

The most pleasing thing on Saturday though, was the fact that the eleven players on the pitch looked like they wanted to be there, and wanted to be representing our club.

Four players have stolen the headline with the key talking points, but more than honourable shout-outs must go to Blackett, Pele, and stand-in skipper Swift who were all very, very good.

Hopefully we can continue this vein of form on Tuesday night against Huddersfield.

URZ