Matt Miazga scored a 98th minute winner to seal a 1-0 victory for Reading over Preston in Mark Bowen’s first match in charge at the Madejski Stadium.
Bowen was managing the Royals for the first time since being appointed as Jose Gomes’ successor earlier in the week, and Miazga’s late strike ensured it was a winning start to his tenure.
The result ended Reading’s dismal run of six league matches without a win which saw Gomes lose his job, while they have now climbed out of the relegation zone and sit 20th in the Championship standings.
Bowen made just two changes to the side that lost to Bristol City in Gomes’ last match with Jordan Obita and John Swift both entering the side, while striker Sam Baldock was included on the bench for the first time in the league since the opening day of the season.
Baldock found himself out of favour towards the end of Gomes’ reign, but he made a strong impression on his return to the side after coming off the bench to replace George Puscas up front against Preston.
After the match, Reading FC HQ took to Twitter to ask whether Baldock should now start Reading’s encounter against QPR on Tuesday:
— Reading FC HQ (@ReadingFCHQ) October 21, 2019
Should Sam Baldock start for Reading against QPR?
Plenty of Reading fans responded to this tweet with many of them praising Baldock for the impact he made against Preston, while some supporters suggested that he should start alongside Puscas against the Rs.
Here are some of the responses…
I think Baldock & Puscas could be a good combination
— Bet72 (@bet72) October 21, 2019
Baldock and Puscas as the front two, impressed when he came on
— Deano (@deanocx) October 21, 2019
Would be rude not to
— pad (@ManLikeAlli) October 21, 2019
Only if Meite is injured. Puscas and Meite are our strongest pairing imo.
— Pedro‼️ (@PictonPedro) October 21, 2019
Yes with Puscas let's see what they can do up front
— Steve Harold 😊⚽ (@stevewh9) October 21, 2019
Shouldn’t replace meite.. him and meite maybe
— GregWinston (@gregwinston) October 21, 2019
Puscas and him up top class
— Ed blythman (@Ed_Blythman) October 21, 2019