Fuller Flavour: What an absolute pleasure to be able to sit down and write this!
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Town superfan Karl Fuller looks back at a day of joy at Reading
What an absolute pleasure it is to be able to sit down on a Saturday evening and write about such a great result.
So good it has been in fact, I might just have watched the Championship on Channel 5 by the time you’ve read this just to see Freddie Sears’ goal as much as anything else.
I tell you what else this result has been good for, it has provided another opportunity for a second successive week to those fans who stated that losing 4-0 at home to Aston Villa would not have happened under Mick McCarthy.
Well they can say exactly the same thing again about this result!
There will of course be some fans who will comment that it was only against a lowly Reading side.
Reading of course still have something to play for.
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They needed a result and on the flip side, look at those that featured for Town?
Had we of had a fully-fit squad to choose from, that would not have been our side on display.
I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it was a reserve side with the likes of Bart, Waghorn, Knudsen and Webster playing, but thereafter, a lot of youngsters were involved and did both themselves, and us, proud.
Reading is also a place that we’ve gotten very little from over the years.
I’m still reeling from the day that Darren Bent’s last-minute goal was equalised by an Ivar Ingimarsson equaliser to scupper our hopes of an automatic promotion place.
We’ve lost every game we’ve played there over the last few years and that run includes that horrible 5-1 defeat on Sky in September 2015.
It was nice to hear from my good friend Don Welsh after the game who I knew would be stuck in the car park at Reading’s ground the moment he rang.
I remember being in the very same place after that aforementioned drawn game.
Don was very complimentary of both the result and performance and commented on how we deserved our win.
He was particularly impressed with Luke Woolfenden and we talked of the fine lines in football, remembering how Reading were two kicks away from promotion after losing on penalties at Wembley to Huddersfield last season.
Along with Sunderland, they’ve shown how quickly things can change in football.
Nevertheless, make no mistake, this was a decent result and one that fans like Don who travel up and down the country on a regular basis deserved to finish the away season with.
I’m glad Don and his travelling companions Lewis Snow, Chris Hayes and Mark Snow had a great day.
I’m also delighted for Bryan Klug, Chris Hogg and Gerard Nash.
It would have been disappointing for them if they had not overseen at least one win in their four-game spell in charge.
They have breathed new life into our support by giving youngsters a go and a philosophy for us to want to get behind. This result was for them too.
We also had the release of Marcus Evans’ interview last week.
I’ve read with great interest the many comments that have been written on social media since its release.
Some say it was ten years too late, scripted and told us nothing new.
Others welcomed it and changed their opinion of Evans. And opinions are certainly what football is all about.
It’s what makes the game so great.
Personally, I welcomed it as if for nothing else, it’s a change to what has been the norm for far too long.
Many of us wanted change and any change in my eyes is much welcome with each one representing a small step to hopefully bigger steps for a happier future.
In the meantime, one last game to come against Middlesbrough on Sunday, one last chance to show the club that we’re ready to come back in August in both numbers and voice.