Reading take on Luton Town at the Madejski Stadium this Saturday looking to continue their unbeaten run under new manager Mark Bowen.
The Royals have managed to pick up seven points from Bowen’s first three games in charge, and thanks to a change in style look much better since Jose Gomes’ departure.
The Welshman has managed to galvanise a Reading side that looked to be struggling at the start of the campaign, and will be hoping for more of the same when Luton travel to Berkshire this weekend.
Is Liam Moore Reading's best defender?
There were some doubts about two of the Royals players ahead of the clash with the Hatters, and that’s because they both picked up knocks in the victory against Millwall last week. The two players who were doubts were goalkeeper Rafael Cabral and defender Liam Moore.
It had been worrying signs for the Royals in the week with Rafael having two rather underwhelming replacements in the squad. Neither Joao Virginia or Sam Walker have impressed for Reading, and that would have been a concern for fans had Rafael’s knock been more serious than what it turned out to be.
Liam Moore on the other hand would have been just as big a loss for the Royals, as he is the captain of the Royals side. His leadership qualities are invaluable, and the defender went off the field with a shoulder injury last Saturday but as soon as he did, the match swung in Millwall’s favour and Reading conceded.
They look a much better team with the duo and supporters will be delighted that both are able to make an impact and try and make it four games unbeaten for the Royals. Fans have been taken in by Bowen, despite not liking the way that he was appointed when he first came into the job.
It’s hopeful times at Reading, and there’s a lot of reason to suggest that this season is still far from over. The individual players that the Royals have in the squad are some of the best in the division and that gives supporters higher expectations, but so far Bowen has met them and there is promise that this can still be a successful campaign.