It’s been a long time since we had a nice, straightforward, stress-free victory, but on Saturday afternoon we got one. Yes, the visitors had a couple of chances in the first half and their red card definitely helped us, but it was reassuring to see such a comfortable win.
Ruben Selles opted to go with near enough the same team as Tuesday, with the only change being Sam Hutchinson for the injured Lewis Wing. Yet again, the young players repaid the faith put in them by Selles.
Here’s how the fans reacted to a good win against strong competition...
Kelvin has started every single game so far this season and, despite showing glimpses of what he can offer, it hadn’t quite clicked for him in the league before Saturday.
The striker got his league account up and running with a header on the stroke of half time, before adding a second not longer after the break. On another day he would’ve had his first professional hat-trick too, had the linesman’s flag not gone up.
Beyond the goals though, he looks like a player who is starting to find his feet at first-team level and could be a really key player for us in the months to come...
Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan has similar player style to Lucas João but with a x1000 better work rate. #readingfc— ROYALS (@LOYALROYAL2022) August 19, 2023
And very intoxicating to have a proper number 9. Kelvin in we trust. #readingfc— george h bone (@georgehbone1) August 19, 2023
Buzzing off todays performance and result. Kelvin getting goals in the league makes me extremely excited for what’s to come #readingfc— Harry Sands (@SarryHands) August 19, 2023
Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan looked impressive, very similar style to João (celebrates like him too!) but puts the graft in and runs.— PEDRO‼️ (@PictonPedro) August 19, 2023
Carson looks a bit lost.
Both Savage and Hutch need to up their game this half; against 10 men we should be dominating#ReadingFC
The likes of Nelson Abbey, Tyler Bindon, Ehibhatiomhan and Matty Carson have all impressed since making their way into the first team, but the one with that sprinkling of stardust is Caylan Vickers.
At only 18 years old he has a lot of developing to do, particularly physically, but there are signs that Vickers could be the next gem to come from the academy. He’s the kind of player that gets you on the edge of your seat whenever he gets the ball, and the fans are certainly taking to him...
It’s official.— Greg Double (@Dubstep1988) August 19, 2023
Caylan overtakes Diana and Dawn French as my all time favourite Vickers. #readingfc
Not one to jump the gun but - Vickers is winning Ballon d'Or one day. #readingfc— Jimmy Heath (@j11mmy_) August 19, 2023
Vickers is some player, going to be a superstar. Need to sign him up longer term. Love the team are mobile & hungry. Bindon & Abbey look a strong balanced partnership. #ReadingFC— Tony Dempster (@DempsterTony) August 19, 2023
Kelvin and Vickers are two big talents. Get them signed up long term #readingfc— Harry Smith (@HarrySmithF1) August 19, 2023
A comfortable win
Straightforward victories are hard to come by in professional football, especially for clubs like us who have been playing like we have for the last God knows how many years.
That’s why, when they do come around - like on Saturday - they need to be moments that are savoured. We all like dramatic, last-gasp winners, but there’s a lot to be said for a strong 90-minute performance, a couple of goals and a clean sheet.
Here’s how the fans reacted to the win...
One of the more comfortable afternoons you will see! Could and should have scored more goals. Like the look of both Newbies today too. Abbey and Bindon again, class. #readingfc— Dean Bennett #SellBeforeWeDai (@DeanBennett1993) August 19, 2023
Really enjoyed that this afternoon, makes a change on a Saturday to be mostly comfortable and see a side playing for the shirt. Clean sheets racking up as well. #readingfc— Cameron #DaiOut (@ronniemac93) August 19, 2023
3 clean sheets for this young side, so good to watch a team that care, good win boys. #readingfc— ROYALS (@LOYALROYAL2022) August 19, 2023
Well I go to foot of our stairs. Two #readingfc wins and clean sheets in a row. I am liking this new team!!!— Gareth Price (@PriceGareth) August 19, 2023
An afternoon very well spent. It was made easier with the red card for Stevenage, but you can’t complain about or turn your nose up at a home win and clean sheet.
These players are really starting to make an impression. There will be bumps along the road, they are a young team with a lot to learn in professional football, but there are positive signs there for sure. URZ.