The Frenchman’s match-winning brace on his full league debut came nine months after he signed for Reading from Le Havre but the 26-year-old showed he is desperate to make up for lost time.
He will hope to get another chance to impress at home to rock-bottom Rotherham on Monday. “It has been difficult for me because I had a lot of injuries,” said Mendes, who has struggled with injuries since arriving in England last summer.
“The last two months I’ve worked hard and I have to say thank you to the gaffer for picking me. I was lucky and happy to score two goals.
“The fans have also been patient with me and hopefully I will score a lot of goals now.”
Both of his goals were laid on by on-loan Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban, who then opened his own Reading account with a 79th-minute penalty after Leandro Bacuna fouled Liam Kelly.
Aston Villa captain James Chester had cancelled out Mendes’s opener with a header from a Conor Hourihane corner to send the hosts into the interval level at 1-1.