A less intense figure than Bielsa might have begun turning his thoughts towards Saturday’s Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United, but that is not the way the Argentinian works.
There was no let-up in desire despite the winning margin. Again Hernandez starred in his right-wing berth, drifting into unmarkable spaces to link up with Bamford and Tyler Roberts.
He missed the chance to claim the match ball as another shot from the edge of the area flew narrowly wide but that will be of little consequence after a night like this.
For the neutral, the thought of Bielsa in the Premier League is a compelling one. After all, he is the man that Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino credit as their managerial inspiration. If he is the man to bring Leeds back to the Premier League after a 15-year absence, it will mark a memorable chapter in the history of the Lillywhites.
Reading (4-2-3-1): Martinez; Yiadom, Moore, Miazga, Blackett; East (Harriott 63), Baker; Barrow, Swift, Loader (McLeary 81); Meite.
Subs: Gunter, O’Shea, McShane, Walker, Olise.