Reading's season has hopefully clicked into gear after their slow start - and boy did they show that with a quite magnificent display against Cardiff City.

In a performance of swashbuckling attacking intent, the Royals made short work of the newly-relegated Bluebirds, who are widely tipped to make an instant return to the Premier League under the guidance of Neil Warnock.

Instead, Cardiff got a battering from the new strike force of George Puscas and Lucas Joao, who they could barely contain, especially during that brilliant first half.

Puscas was absolutely fantastic. His first goal was top drawer, skinning his man down the right before curling a beauty into the far corner.

His second goal was pure striker's instinct, nipping in at the near post to give Reading a real cushion.

The Romanian could have had a hat-trick but he put wide with the goal gaping. However, he has had a massive impact already and looks like he will be an absolute star for Jose Gomes' men this season.

Some of his link-up play with Joao was almost telepathic and they will give plenty of teams headaches this term.

The change in system also looked to really help the players know their roles.

The three at the back, especially Michael Morrison, were outstanding. John Swift and Ovie Ejaria dominated the midfield and Swift got a richly deserved goal with a sublime finish.

In goal, they had the confident Rafael Cabral making his league debut and he didn't put a foot wrong in the Royals goal.

Overall, a very authoratative display. Fine, Cardiff were way below their best but the constant pressure Puscas and co put them under should not be sniffed at.

This Reading side are going places if they can keep this level of performance up. Exciting times ahead.