Doing the Ameobi
Quite how Shola Ameobi's form can go from absolutely dreadful to first class probably didn't matter too much to the Toon fans who attended the first second tier game at St James's Park since 1993.
In fact the last time we played at this level special measures had to be made for Andy Cole and David Kelly to get a match ball each after the pair hit hat-tricks against Leicester City in a 7-1 win 16 years ago.
However, this time there was only one hero and that was Shola.
Shola's form at Newcastle has often left people wondering just why managers persist with the player who is one of the best trainers in the English game.
But there were three reasons why against Reading and he could quite easily have left the field with four after forcing a great save out of Adam Federici at Gallowgate.
In one week Ameobi went from taking a fair bit of stick at the Hawthorns to the hat-trick hero against Reading.
And what of Reading and the tally of four points from six in the first two games?
Surely it can't be this easy every week?
In reality Newcastle have enjoyed a soft landing in the Championship with a Premier League style encounter at West Brom in plush surroundings and then a televised home game with Reading at home.
Tougher tests will come of course but one thing that was obvious after the clash with the Royals was that every single player seemed to be prepared to sweat blood for the cause.
Some committed challenges from Alan Smith, Joey Barton and Andy Carroll underlined that, even if Smudger was lucky to stay on the field after a few naughty tackles.
And what about Kevin Nolan's reaction to keeping the ball in for the second goal?
The Scouser was punching the air in delight after chasing a lost cause in the corner at the Gallowgate End and he deserved to see Ameobi complete the attack by heading in number two.
In the face of adverse political conditions the players have pulled off a miracle to have made such a positive start.
Upstairs in the board room is a shambles and the fans made their feelings known to the owner who, as we revealed first last Tuesday, took his seat for the first time since relegation and for the first time since putting the club up for sale.
Therefore it makes the achievements of the players look even better.
Credit where it is due, Chris Hughton has also worked wonders with the players and he deserved the plaudits after the game - even if he is not the man many of us want to see in the hotseat.
Sheff Wed next, can the lads keep it up?