Reading thoroughly deserved their point in their 2-2 draw with QPR at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium last night - can they now kick on and propel themselves up the table, writes Nicholas Tunney.

The Royals look a different team in the past two games under new manager Mark Bowen.

There is a real work ethic on the pitch, allied with a greater urgency in getting the ball forward to the front men, as shown with Puscas' goal.

Reading started well and shaded the first half until Nahki Wells opened the scoring with an excellent finish to give QPR the lead.

Unperturbed, the Royals hit back immediately. Ovie Ejaria, once again Reading's best player, played a pass worthy of Lionel Messi into the path of Puscas, who finished with real confidence.

If the Royals hadn't got an equaliser that quickly, then they may have suffered a kick in confidence after such a bright start.

QPR began the second half on the front foot and Jordan Hugill put the Rs back in front, but once again, Reading responded magnificently and Sam Baldock tapped home a deserved leveller.

To go into the game, against a free-scoring side like QPR, with two strikers was a bold move by Bowen and it paid off handsomely with both strikers scoring.

At the back, Reading contained QPR's threat well on the whole and Ejaria was unplayable at times, leading the Rangers backline a merry dance, especially in the first half.

There seems to be a real cohesion in what Reading are doing at the moment and there is a real commitment amongst the squad at this time.

Four points from two tough games is a brilliant way to start for Bowen and they go into the Nottingham Forest game on Saturday in confident mood.