Before kick-off I did think that we might get the result against Reading but I thought it would be a game in which we were penned into our own half, Chris Kirkland would play a blinder and we would score in the last minute from a deflection, writes Steve Walmsley.
As it turned out, Connor Wickham, Matty Fryatt and Michail Antonio were outstanding in punishing Reading for leaving gaps.. It was great to see two strikers in blue and white who both moved very well, whose first touch was excellent and who both were always aware of what was going on around them.
Fryatt has got better with games and Wickham looked fitter and sharper than last season. And it was great to see Antonio find his mojo again - hopefully that was more than a game against his old team.
I am not going to get carried away after one result, though. It was just that - one result, and there is no guarantee that any other team will come to S6 and push on so much.
I have been a persistent critic of DJ’s and one win, as fantastic as it was, will not get me to change my position - a few more will be needed to do that.
In terms of the fully contracted players, the squad isn’t good enough and the drive and tempo to our play, particularly at home, has been short of what is needed.
DJ has done well to bring in Wickham and Fryatt; hopefully MM realised that he had to change the manager or improve the squad to try to get better results. Has the £1.5m loan from Terence Brown enabled this?
Is the loan a one-off or does it herald a plan to take control of the club? Much needs to be sorted yet, but at least we have had a good week on the back of a 5-2 win and being out of the bottom three.