Liam Moore’s ninth-minute lead put Reading into the ascendency at Pride Park – and they never looked back, ultimately triumphing 4-2 at Derby’s expense.
It’s the first time this season that the Royals have recorded back-to-back wins; the defender admitted that any negative noise coming from outside the club had been disregarded by the team, who continue to believe in their own ability and potential.
“The belief has been there – obviously we were disappointed with the results,” Moore said. “We know our style of play will be difficult for some teams to match sometimes; when it works like it has in the last few days, it’s brilliant. But there’s still space for us to improve and kick on.
“I said the same last year when we were doing well – we had people saying that we wouldn’t stay there and that we couldn’t sustain it. It’s just people’s opinions… it doesn’t affect what we do or how we work on the training pitch, and what we try to take into a match.
“We’re a really tight-knit group here and we believe in what we’re doing. We’ve shown that by coming out the other side and still doing the same things as those that weren’t working a few weeks ago, by trying to make them better and sharper.”
Moore’s goal was his second of the campaign to date – which already puts him into uncharted territory for a seasonal tally!
He admitted that he does harbour hopes of adding more in the coming year to help Reading in the attacking third.
“It’s something I’ve tried to work on this season,” he admitted. “When the ball was in the defensive area, I was very aggressive last year. I came away from that thinking, ‘why can’t I do the same in the other area?’
“It’s something I’ve tried to improve on – I want to try score more goals. It was great to do that early and set us on our way today.
“I’d say we’re 80 per cent satisfied today – the attacking players will probably 90 or 100! Defensively we gave them a couple of chances and they got a couple of goals, which is disappointing, and we’ve discussed it already that when they put pressure on it isn’t criminal to put the boot through the ball.
“So we put ourselves under a little bit of pressure, but ultimately we got the win. And the little bits that didn’t work so well, we can work on in training.”