Reading picked up a much-needed three points in their most recent fixture, as they ran out 2-1 winners over Luton Town at the Madejski Stadium on Boxing Day.
The Royals took the lead through Tom McIntyre’s fine strike, before that lead was doubled, as Alfa Semedo finished off a fine team move shortly before half-time.
Kazenga LuaLua fired home from distance to reduce the deficit for Nathan Jones’ side, but the Berkshire-based side held on to take all three points in this one.
Reading were largely untroubled for the majority of the game on Friday, and Veljko Paunovic will be hoping to see his side put together a positive run of results heading into the New Year.
The Royals boss issued a promising update on both Lucas Joao and Omar Richards, with both players set to return to action next week, which will be pleasing to hear for the club’s supporters.
“[Joao and Richards] are in the final stages of their recovery and our medical staff are doing an amazing job with them.
“They are coming back sooner which is something we’ll have to consider. We hope to have them back in the next few games.”
Joao has been Reading’s main threat in attacking areas this season, with the forward having 14 goals in 17 appearances to his name so far.
Whilst Richards has been hugely impressive at left-back in this year’s campaign, with his strong showings seemingly not going unnoticed, with the likes of Crystal Palace and Everton reportedly interested in signing him in the near future.
Reading are set to return to action on Tuesday, when they take on promotion rivals Swansea City, in what is certain to be a tough test, even if Joao and Richards are to return to the matchday squad.
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This is a promising update.
I didn’t expect Joao or Richards to be back in action for a few more matches still, so it’s good to hear that they’re set to return to the squad earlier than originally expected.
Both players have been key to their impressive showings this season at both ends of the pitch, and they’ll be hoping they can pick up where they left off.
If Reading can keep the pair and a few other players fit for the remainder of this year’s campaign, then I wouldn’t be surprised if they finished in the play-off positions this term.