After defeating Wycombe in the First Round of the Carabao Cup, the first word from José Gomes went to the Reading fans.
“Our supporters were amazing,” he said. “They sang all through the game, they pushed our players. It was an emotional fight – a typical cup game.”
Those supporters, packed behind the goal where the penalty shoot-out took place, were treated to two penalty saves by Rafael before Danny Loader converted the penalty to send Reading through. But it wasn’t plain sailing on the night – George Pușcaș had to equalise after Alex Samuel had opened the scoring for the Chairboys, before the game was settled from 12 yards.
On the whole, the gaffer was pleased with the things taken from the game – more minutes for new arrivals and some experimental ideas being tried with formations and positions.
“Congratulations as well to Wycombe as they did very well; they tried to play their game, which is direct football, second balls and set-pieces,” Gomes continued. “And anything could happen in penalty kicks.
“So it was a cup game. At the beginning, we didn’t score the chances that we created and then anything can happen.
“But I am happy with my players in the way that they tried to play and with the spirit that they showed on the pitch. So we are on the right track for the upcoming games.
“We tried different things today – these kinds of things we should do in pre-season, but as you know we only received the players now. So we used this game in the best way that we could.
“We had a good dynamic and good energy. A very good test for the things that we tried.”