Second half goals secured the Royals their last win at the Stadium of Light...a Dave Kitson brace back in 2005 responsible for our previous three-point haul from a visit to Sunderland. And second half goals again earned Reading the victory on Wearside this afternoon.
"It was their first home game under the new manager, so we expected them to be really up for it, go forward, to press, to not let us play and be very aggressive...and look to score that first goal.
"We were warned about that and I think the players responded very well to that warning - they worked hard, we stayed in the game, didn't concede and we scored that first goal ourselves.
"We created a very good chance of our own with Dave Edwards in the box in the first half - but he didn't score it. And then at the end of the first half, they get that second yellow card and the sending off.
"And second half, it's working out how to position yourself. You know they might drop in deeper and wait for the right moment to come out and that's very difficult to play against. But we responded well, scored three good goals.
"We're always talking about scoring goals. We've been creating opportunities all season, but you still need to finish them. Now we're getting the opportunities and scoring some very good goals.
"After that we took it too easy and invited them to press us a little bit, which you don't want to do because then they score that goal, get a ltitle bit of confidence and it's still a bit tense towards the end.
"It was a tough game. But overall in how the team has done, how they worked, how they reacted to certain situations and how they played during periods - we're very happy with that.
"You want to be consistent in this league, all teams want that consistency in the Championship. So we want to stay in this flow, keep this feeling and keep winning games. But, with Cardiff City next up at home, we'll need to be up for it and show our quality if we want to earn three more points."