Reading’s late 3-2 victory over Wigan on the weekend was evidence of the belief new boss Jose Gomes has instilled since his arrival.
The Royals were a goal behind in the 89th minute before Modou Barrow and Yakou Meite netted in the closing stages to seal an epic victory.
Meite’s 97th-minute header sent the Madejski Stadium into raptures to celebrate the Royals securing back-to-back wins for the first time in 15 months.
This was a game that Paul Clement’s Reading side would have likely gone on to lose.
After all, nobody lost more Championship games in 2018 than Reading.
Saturday’s late drama sent their new manager into delirium, with his exuberant celebrations showcasing the passion he has brought to the club.
This was also symbolised by Reading skipper Liam Moore continuing to play despite suffering a dislocated shoulder. Moore was clearly suffering through this injury, but he was determined to see out the game.
Gomes’ spell at Reading goes to show how far a sprinkling of passion and belief can go in the Championship. The Royals were heading for the drop before Christmas, but now they appear to possess the spirit required to complete their remarkable revival.
Gomes’ personality also goes hand-in-hand with his favoured playing style.
He has deployed a form of expressive, possession-based football that has also injected fresh life into Reading’s performances.
The Royals dominated the ball against Wigan by registering nearly 62% possession despite being behind for large portions of the match.
This is evidence of the impact Gomes has had on the Reading dressing room, with the club now developing a clear identity that was absent during Clement’s reign.
Gomes now faces his toughest league test yet against high-flying Leeds United.
However, they couldn’t have hoped for a better way to head into this clash after their late weekend exploits.
The Royals will now take huge momentum into Tuesday night’s clash on home soil.
If the Madejski is rocking the way it was at the final whistle on Saturday, then anything is possible for Gomes’ men.