After a goalless first half, Reading secured all three points at home to Peterborough United last night.
John Swift opened the scoring for The Royals before Tom Dele-Bashiru scored a brace to ensure that all three points remained in Berkshire.
Starting his second ever Championship game, Luke Southwood was trusted in between the sticks in Rafael’s absence.
Despite narrowly missing out on a clean sheet, it was a fine display from the 23-year-old, who will be hoping to push the Brazilian for regular first-team minutes.
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Progressing through the ranks at Reading, Southwood has embarked on three loan spells away from the club, dipping into the non-league with Bath City and Eastleigh, before spending a year with Hamilton Academical in Scotland.
Former Reading goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi took to Twitter last night to send Southwood a message after his performance: “I am very proud of you my brother”
I am very proud of you my brother
— Ali Al-Habsi (@AliAlhabsi) September 15, 2021
Southwood has gained the experience out on loan, and whilst Rafael has proven to be an excellent number 1 in recent years, there is certainly scope for Southwood to challenge for that spot in the coming months.
Al-Habsi would have certainly been a big help for Southwood during their time together at Reading.
The former was an experienced head by the time he arrived in Berkshire, and for the 23-year-old, his presence would have been invaluable.
It remains to be seen how much first-team football Southwood will get this season, but he will be eager to impress and force himself into contention when the Brazilian is back available.