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Cardiff City Fans Verdict: Royals Make It Three Out Of Three

How the fans reacted to the key talking points to come from Reading’s third league win on the bounce.

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Wow. What. A. Start.

It took us 12 games to rack up three league wins last campaign. It’s taken us three this time out. And, despite Bluebirds’ manager Neil Harris’ comments in the press post-match, we thoroughly deserved to make it three wins out of three on Saturday afternoon.

Liam Moore and Michael Morrison were terrific in defence, Michael Olise and Yakou Meite spun webs around the Cardiff defence all game, and Lucas Joao was, well, he was just Joao. It was a terrific all-round performance, albeit tainted by some injuries to key players - again highlighting the need for reinforcements.

The first two games have been good performances, yes, but they were also against a really poor Derby side and a nine-man Barnsley. The Cardiff game was a proper test of this team’s qualities and character, and they passed with flying colours.

As you can imagine, the fans were in a buoyant mood after the game - it’s not often that we get to celebrate decent starts to a season, so i think we deserve to celebrate this one. The fans were left a bit worried about the squad depth after more injuries, but the overriding emotion was joy...

Squad depth

Although we should be excited that we are top of the league with three wins out of three - and I’m sure we all are - it would be naive not to be at least a little bit worried about our current squad depth, which has been made even shallower with the injuries to John Swift, Felipe Araruna and Joao.

The need for recruitment was clear even before Saturday’s game, but now it’s a necessity. I’m really confident that we will get signings through the door, but if we don’t then there's a high chance that this good start will only be a good start and nothing else.

The fans certainly want new signings, and within their glee at our start to the season is definitely some worry about the current squad depth...

Three out of three!

It’s just so good to see, isn't it? We’ve been subjected to years of despair and disappointment, and yes I know we’re only three games in, but it’s so good to see our team looking down the table rather than up at the teams above us.

It just would’ve been perfect if we’d managed to hold on to a third consecutive clean sheet too but that just wasn't to be. Maybe conceding did us a favour in a weird sort of way too, as the character and fight showed by the players in those last 20 minutes to hold on to all three points was all we ever want to see as Reading fans.

We are top of the league, and the fans are absolutely loving it...

The performance

Sometimes you learn more from a performance than from a result, and even though the result was another good one, Pauno will be just as happy with the way his team won the game.

If he was being 100% honest, I’m sure he wouldn't have been completely happy with the performance against Barnsley last time out - before Barnsley got the man sent off, they were by far the better team. However, on Saturday, the overall team performance was what got us the three points. It was great to watch.

The resolve they showed after Cardiff pulled one back too was, for me, just as refreshing as seeing them go 2-0 up with the confidence that they did, and I think the fans agree with me on that...

Conclusion

Cardiff was are first proper test of the season, and a shallow squad without arguably our best player passed it with flying colours. If we can go the first three games with three wins and only conceding one, without any proper recruitment yet - then who knows what we can achieve when new faces start coming through the door.

Onwards and upwards, next up is a tough game against the Hornets.

URZ