It was a long wait for us fans between the 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town and the game against Coventry on Tuesday evening, but the players managed to get a result that made that wait more than worth it.
After a bit of a sloppy start, which gave the visitors a couple of golden opportunities that they really should have taken, Joao did what Joao does and put the Royals ahead midway through the first half before Ejaria hit the woodwork.
On his 100th appearance in the blue and white hoops, Andy Rinomhota grabbed only his fourth goal for the club just 30 seconds after half time to double the lead and Swift wrapped up all three points with a stupendous free kick after McFadzean had been given his marching orders.
It was by no means a vintage performance and for quite a while Coventry looked the most threatening team of the two, but sometimes it’s even better seeing your team not quite at their best but still win by a comfortable three-goal margin.
There were three main talking points that the fans were buzzing about on Twitter after the game: the three goalscorers...
I’m sure, like me, most of you have run out of superlatives to describe this man - so I'm just going to let some statistics do the talking...
14 league goals, 17 in all competitions, third top goalscorer in the league and the best minutes-to-goal ratio in the top two tiers. Now I'm not usually one for stats, but they are just too good to ignore.
Not only are the stats with him, but he has well and truly cemented himself in the hearts of every single Reading fan. He’s the best striker we’ve had since the Doyle and Kitson days - it’s as simple as that.
Another wonderful goal on Tuesday night did no harm at all to his relationship with the fans...
As soon as Joao kept that defender at bay and had a shot on goal, I was celebrating - you just know he’s gonna score #readingfc— Persandwichman (@persandwichman) January 19, 2021
Death, Taxes and Lucas Joao scoring.— Niall - Guilty, I support Reading. (@Reading106) January 19, 2021
Guarantees in life. #Readingfc pic.twitter.com/3hNmNf1bwu
And that is why Joao is the best striker in the league. Unbelievable strength and composure #readingfc— Jacob Potter (@pott95) January 19, 2021
Joao is actually a cheat code #readingfc— Sam (@samhowells02) January 19, 2021
That is such a trademark Joao goal other strikers should have to pay him a licence fee if they score a similar one. #readingfc— Greg Double (@Dubstep1988) January 19, 2021
Does anyone remember when #SWFC fans laughed at us for buying Joao #ReadingFC— Mat (@MatDevon) January 19, 2021
God I love Lucas Joao #readingfc ⚪️ ⚪️— Lee Richards (@Lee_Richards1) January 19, 2021
Lucas joao this season #readingfc pic.twitter.com/fn08REgPmL— pauno szn (@paunoball) January 20, 2021
#readingfc #joao pic.twitter.com/odaTN1fA5N— frankie (@24frankie24) January 20, 2021
lucas joao is just too good for this league #readingfc #championship— Ollie Chad (@olliechad) January 19, 2021
We all know how good Andy Rinomhota is and how important he has been to us since he broke into the first team - but unfortunately because of the type of player he is, he very rarely gets any headlines.
That changed on Tuesday as he marked his 100th appearance by channelling his inner Lucas Joao with a clinical finish from the edge of the box.
He's one of those players that goes under the radar, but i think it’s fair to say that the fans absolutely love him judging by these tweets...
Rinomhota! Klart han ska fira matcher för #readingfc— Gunnar Björk (@smilefadesfast) January 19, 2021
Criminally underrated Rinomhota. Fantastic finish #readingfc— Jacob Potter (@pott95) January 19, 2021
Love Rinomhota #ReadingFC https://t.co/1z2cxnit2N— Erik O (@Orrgarde) January 19, 2021
I am just so pleased to see Rinomhota at #ReadingFC . He has just been an engine that just does so well so often. He just gets on with his job and and does it well. Probably no one realised he has been playing for us for so long. He has now got 100 appearances and got a goal. https://t.co/xL4W7baIQo— Reading FC Blue And White Wall (@bluewhitewall) January 19, 2021
Rinomhota!!! What a way to celebrate app 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣!! URZZ #readingfc ⚽️— Luke Tizzard (@luke_tizzard) January 19, 2021
RINO!!!!!! #readingfc— Karz From The 'Ding ☕ (@FFSKarz) January 19, 2021
Daily Rino love-in: Holmes was caught high up on the left wing after a free kick and you could see the danger as Coventry looked to switch play. Fast forward 5 seconds and Rino is already there. It’s that sort of thing that goes unnoticed but is absolutely vital #readingfc— Mark Fidgett (@MarkFidgett) January 19, 2021
100th appearance for Rino and he pulls that off, beautiful #readingfc— finn (@FinnC77) January 19, 2021
We should really be used to John Swift pulling off moments of magic like this, but he still manages to blow my mind whenever he does it.
He had absolutely no right to even think about trying to shoot from that far out, but he did so anyway and planted it right in the top corner. I'm sure I wasn’t alone in being left in utter shock by what I saw.
On his day he is up there with the best in the league, and the fans are delighted that he’s back in the first team picture, especially when he scores goal like that...
Love the way Swift walks into the starting 11 and does that. What a player. #readingfc— Jamie (@dingfcjamie) January 20, 2021
JOHN SWIFT DOESNT GET IN THIS TEAM, REMEMBER? #readingfc— Jack Roberts (@jackaroberts95) January 19, 2021
That is why Swift is so good, can’t believe some fans were saying he wouldn’t get back in our team once he was fit again. #readingfc— Jack (@jackmoore1402) January 19, 2021
Oh John swift #readingfc pic.twitter.com/OUxZ1kn2LT— Declan Dooney (@decdooney) January 19, 2021
Swift could be the difference between top 6 and top 2 #readingfc— Jacob Hodges (@Jacobhdgs) January 19, 2021
If I was a free-kick, I’d want John Swift to be taking me. #ReadingFC pic.twitter.com/BXRHwYPEpW— Loyal Royal (@RoyalstilIdie) January 19, 2021
Stayed hit that! Welcome back Jonny Swift, think I might shed a tear... #ReadingFC https://t.co/KoEef8N22Y— Matty Crook (@mcrook92) January 19, 2021
Swift is back at it ⚽️ #readingfc https://t.co/45NgdxNk9d— Tom Smith (@tswizz86) January 20, 2021
Swift you filthy man #readingfc— Nick Houlton (@Houlton11) January 19, 2021
John Swift you cannot do that #readingfc— James Bird (@jamesbird97) January 19, 2021
Nowhere near our best performance of the season, but a really, really important result and one that shows why we are where we are in the table. We have match winners all over the pitch who can produce magic moments at any time, and sometimes it doesn’t matter how you play when you have players like that.
Next up is another trip up north to Preston, as revenge month continues...