Reading continued their remarkable start to the Championship campaign on Tuesday by beating Blackburn Rovers to move seven points clear at the top of the table.
Following on from their 14th-place finish last season, new manager Veljko Paunovic has enjoyed a dream opening few months in the hot-seat at the Madejski Stadium.
Heading to Ewood Park, the Royals had collected 19 points from a possible 21 available – with their goalless draw against Middlesbrough earlier this month their only dropped points.
Reading wasted no time in stamping their authority on what appeared their most difficult assignment of the season, taking the lead inside nine seconds through Yakou Meite’s fortunate opener.
Blackburn hit back through Adam Armstrong, but Paunovic’s men showed their quality by racing into a 3-1 first-half lead and in sight of their seventh league victory already.
Armstrong add his second after the break, but Reading’s inform striker Lucas Joao sealed the points with a wonderful individual effort eight minutes from time – his third goal in as many matches and eighth in total.
That’s one more than Joao managed throughout the whole of last season, and Royals fans were buzzing with his goalscoring performance – with many expressing their delight towards the Portuguese on Twitter.
You can see some of the best responses below:
I can't get over the quality Lucas Joao has in his finishing
— Alan of the Shire (@Munro_888) October 28, 2020
Terrific team showing from @ReadingFC tonight. So many stand out performances, but for me Lucas Joao was MOTM, his touches, movement & finishing sublime! Laurent & Olise not far behind and Rafael’s crucial saves show importance of having a top stopper! Outstanding victory #URZ
— Paul Hunsdon (@Hunsy1969) October 27, 2020
Waste of money that lucas joao 😂😂 #ReadingFC
— Jon (@jonreading35) October 27, 2020
8 goals in 8 starts. Lucas Joao is on fire. Bloody lovely.
— Dan Cross 📹 (@danieljcross) October 27, 2020
Lucas Joao can have my children
— king of the virtuals (@owencooney10) October 27, 2020
Such great footwork from Lucas João, has the potentially to be a Reading great!!! #ReadingFC
— Digger (@JB_Digger) October 27, 2020
Lucas Joao what a goal son, terrific forward play once more. What a result this is 👀
— Deano (@deanocx) October 27, 2020
IVE SAID IT BEFORE AND I WILL SAY IT AGAIN, LUCAS JOAO IS THE BEST STRIKER IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP😍😍😍💙💙💙
— lewis hayes (@lewismarkhayes2) October 27, 2020
LUCAS JOAO WHAT A MAN YOU ARE! He finds some space in behind and sumptuously finishes it into the far corner. GET IN!! YESSSSSSSSSSS!! #readingfc
— Matt Joy (@MattJoy96) October 27, 2020
Lucas Joao is a joke 😍😍😍😍😍
— Rob Nutley (@Rnutley) October 27, 2020