Reading moved seven points clear at the top of the Championship, as they ran out 4-2 winners over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
The Royals took just seven seconds to open the scoring on the night, as Yakou Meite fired home from close-range after a defensive mix-up by the hosts.
But Tony Mowbray’s side responded shortly after, as Adam Armstrong equalised with a clinical finish from inside the penalty area.
Reading re-took the lead though, as Michael Olise’s fine solo run was capped off with an inch-perfect finish by the 18-year-old. Josh Laurent then fired home from 25 yards to see Veljko Paunovic’s side have a two-goal lead heading into the break.
Armstrong struck again for the hosts in the second-half, before Lucas Joao scored Reading’s fourth on the counter-attack to seal the points.
Blackburn are now sat 12th in the second-tier standings, and are three points adrift of the play-off places after their opening eight matches of this year’s campaign.
We take a look at TWO things that have become obvious after Reading’s 4-2 win over Blackburn on Tuesday evening.
Reading take the chances that come their way
It was Blackburn that dominated the possession in the match, and they certainly weren’t shy of testing Rafael in the Reading goal on the night.
Reading only had four shots on target in the game though, and took every single one of them clinically, as they beat Tony Mowbray’s side 4-2.
The Royals have shown earlier this season that they don’t need to dominate matches in terms of statistics to win, and that was the case once again against Blackburn.
With the likes of Lucas Joao, Yakou Meite and Michael Olise in their squad, they’ll cause problems for opposition defences throughout this year’s campaign.
Blackburn’s defensive issues are a concern
Reading scored four goals from their four shots on target against Blackburn, and the hosts certainly didn’t cover themselves in glory in defence.
They left sizeable gaps in defence for the Royals to hit them on the counter-attack, with Michael Olise and Lucas Joao’s goals on the night highlighting this.
Aynsley Pears’ positioning could arguably been better for Reading’s opener as well, in a forgetful evening for the shot-stopper.
If Blackburn are to be taken seriously as promotion candidates this season in the Championship, then they simply must improve in defence as soon as possible.