Reading FC sent out a statement of intent as they picked up their first points of the season with a well-deserved 3-0 win over Cardiff City at the Madejski Stadium.
The Royals dominated the game from start to finish, and opened the scoring when summer signing, George Puscas netted a stunning solo goal.
He then doubled their lead shortly after, as he fired home from close-range, after an inch-perfect cross from John Swift, who hardly put a foot wrong on the day.
It was a similar story in the second-half, as Swift finished off a rapid Royals counter-attack to make it 3-0.
Jose Gomes’ side had the chance to make it four, but Yakou Meite saw his penalty saved by Alex Smithies in the Cardiff goal.
Reading will be hoping that they can build on this strong showing when they are next in action against West Brom on Wednesday.
We look at three things that we’ve learnt about Jose Gomes’ side from this impressive win.
George Puscas has the potential to be one of the signings of the season
There was a weight of expectation on his shoulders to justify the hefty price tag that Reading paid for him towards the end of the summer transfer window.
But it’s clear to see that he’s got real quality, which could see Reading rise up the Championship table very soon.
Puscas isn’t even fully-fit yet, and if he can get better, then he could be one of the signings of the season at this level, and the Royals will have an excellent player with a bright future ahead of him on their hands.
The defence looked untroubled throughout
Jose Gomes opted to keep a defensive three, with Liam Moore being lined up with Michael Morrison and Matt Miazga, and they were hugely impressive.
They dealt with the aerial threat posed by Cardiff throughout the game, and fully deserved their clean sheet on the day.
If they can build on this, then you have to feel as though Reading will be keeping a considerable amount more clean sheets than they did last season.
Ovie Ejaria looked a class apart
Ejaria arrived on Deadline Day on a loan, which is set to turn into a permanent switch in the summer, for a fee believed to be in the region of £3m.
This will prove to be a bargain, as the on-loan Liverpool midfielder dictated the game against Cardiff, and made it look easy.
Gomes will be hoping to see more of the same from Ejaria, who created chances throughout the game against Neil Warnock’s side.