Reading manager Mark Bowen has hailed his side’s 3-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship yesterday.
The Royals walked out at Hillsborough looking for their first victory since New Year’s Day – an away win at Fulham. As impressive as Reading were that day, they were even better yesterday, and left fully-deserving of the three-points.
“It seems to have been a little too long coming!” Bowen told www.readingfc.co.uk after the game. “We’ve had drawn games and a couple of losses, so it was important that we got back to winning ways.”
Reading had lofted themselves up to the mid-table region after a fine-spell over the festive period, but have slumped since, and were gunning for a win in Sheffield after a hard-fought, 2-1 defeat at home to West Brom in midweek.
“Obviously I’m delighted with the result and the performance,” explained Bowen. “But it was more about what they took on board. Coming into the game, with the conditions being as they were, I was emphasising that we needed to play intelligent football.
“Making the right decisions and choices, and not putting yourself under pressure at the wrong times. And when you get a chance to get it down and play, doing that as well. We did all of those things.”
Yakou Meite had given Reading a first-half lead with his sixth league goal of the season, and his fourth in his last seven.
George Puscas flicked in his eighth Championship goal in the second-half after Osaze Urhoghide was sent off minutes after the restart, with Sam Baldock converting from the spot in injury time
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“I don’t think we started so well in the first five or ten minutes, but we grew into the game when Ovie Ejaria, Michael Olise and John Swift kept getting on the ball,” said Bowen. “We managed the game a lot better than they did.”
“Obviously the sending off helps, but we were denied a stone-wall penalty in the first half, and then late on Ovie was clean through and missed his chance – I nearly passed out!”
Bowen has won over a lot of people since his contested appointment as Reading boss back in November. Now with the club sitting in 15th and only seven points off the top-ten, he can hopefully look forward to a strong finish to the campaign.
Wednesday were there for the taking yesterday, and it was important that Reading put on a show for the travelling fans.
The win couldn’t have gone better either – goals for three of the attacking players and a clean sheet to top a memorable afternoon for Bowen and Reading.