Reading survived a scare at League One side Wycombe, after new goalkeeper Rafael Cabral pulled off two excellent saves in the penalty shootout to help set up a second round tie at Plymouth Argyle.
The Royals fell behind just after half-time as Alex Samuel headed home from Joshua Parker’s in-swinging corner. However, just four minutes later, Romanian forward George Puscas equalised on his full debut after bundling the ball home at the second attempt.
The new signings were impressive in big moments of the game for Reading, whilst youngsters Tom McIntyre and Omar Richards also played their part.
Ovie Ejaria made his second debut for the Royals, having joined once more from Liverpool on a season-long loan whilst Andy Rinomhota was tried out at wing-back.
Here we look at THREE things we learnt about the Royals from the game….
The new signings have a lot of potential
There were seven of Reading’s ten new signings in the starting XI on Tuesday night and at times it showed. There was a lack of communication at different points as Gomes tried out the 5-3-2 formation for the first time.
However, the quality on display from many of them was at a high level. Puscas looked very promising going forward and capped his performance off with a well taken goal. His partner in the first-half, Lucas Boyé, was bright and lively before making way for Sam Baldock at half-time.
New goalkeeper Rafael was brilliant, and showed his quality in the penalty shootout as he saved from both Nick Freeman and Fred Onyedinma.
It is promising signs for Gomes and his staff who will be hoping the side can gel and start picking up some points in the league.
John Swift showed his quality – just like he did at Hull
After being hampered with a number of different injuries for a couple of years now, Swift is looking back to his best. His superb assist against Hull on Saturday was backed up by another superb through ball to set up Puscas for his goal last night.
Swift had only been on the pitch for a couple of minutes before adding another assist to his tally. The 24-year-old has started to show his quality that Reading fans saw when he first joined under Jaap Stam.
If Swift can keep up this early season form and continue to kick-on, Reading’s strikers will have chances created for them in the coming months.
The future is bright
Youngsters Tom McIntyre, Omar Richards, Danny Loader and Andy Rinomhota showed their excellent potential once more.
Centre-half McIntyre was assured at the back and looked like an experienced head defensively despite being just 20-years-old.
Rinomhota showed his versatility by playing at wing-back before moving back into the centre late on.
Loader netted the winning penalty after returning to the match day squad whilst Richards continued his impressive start to the season after Tyler Blackett’s injury in pre-season.