After George Pușcaș grabbed his first hat-trick in Reading colours, Royals boss Mark Bowen expressed his delight for the striker.
Three goals in five minutes flipped the game in Wigan on its head – Reading were trailing 1-0, but quickly flew into a 3-1 lead thanks to three well-taken goals by the Romanian forward.
“I’m delighted for him,” Bowen said. “As soon as we got the penalty, some of my staff were wondering if somebody else should take it – it had to be George for me.
“Hopefully it will be the turning point in the season for him. He had a chance to step up and put it away, and I knew he would grow from that. In that last 15 minutes, he showed everyone the qualities he has got.
“And he has got those qualities. It has been difficult for him, and I know that the fans have been a little bit impatient with him. But we have to give him the quality – if he gets that, and he gets that confidence in him, he will score goals.
“He is a young kid that has come to out club with a lot of expectation. We need to keep getting him that bit of quality – but he always hustles and bustles and tries to do it himself.
“So, again, I’m delighted for him. I know that we have a striker there who can score goals for us.
“And the pleasing thing for me was that as soon as he walked into that dressing room, the place exploded. All of the players were cheering for him and clapping and patting him on the back. You could see the beaming smile, which comes from results and well as goals.”