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6 October 2012
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: M. Dean
• Attendance: 20336
W. Routledge 78'
P. Pogrebnyak 31'
N. Hunt 44'
Michael Laudrup and Brian McDermott are each forced to settle for a point with each manager aggrieved at bad luck and the concession of a two goal lead respectively. Reading had gone into the second half with a surprise two goal lead came against the run of play, and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy made some exceptional saves to keep Swansea out. Eventually however the Swans's attacking threat prevailed and after Michu's reaped the benefit of a deserved lucky break with a close range header, Routledge instigated a comeback for Michael Laudrup's side. Luke Moore had made a big difference after coming on at half time and fittingly was involved in the equaliser. As Swansea searched for a winner, McDermott always kept players up the pitch to stem the onslaught even at the expense of his tiring midfielders, and his team very nearly forced a shocking twist to the match. After Pablo Hernandez was denied a penalty the away side, Jem Karacan almost headed a winner but Swans' captain Ashley Williams headed off the line. The Royals were revitalised and launched attacks of their own until the final whistle, when the result of an unpredictable game was finally confirmed.
It's full time at the Liberty Stadium after an enthralling second half.
90' + 3'
Reading are awarded a corner, which Robson-Kanu heads over from the centre of the box.
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To Brian McDermott's credit, it had been noticeable that Swansea had been unable to commit their whole team forward due to the pair of strikers stationed either side of their centre backs, and with fresh legs in midfield on in the form of Hal Robson-Kanu the Royals looked to be searching for the win.
Ashley Williams heads off the line from Jem Karacan! The ball had fallen to the Royals' midfielder after Shorey's left wing cross had been cleared.
Substitute Jonathan De Guzman hits a speculative shot well over after replacing Michu.
Chico adds to the numbers going forward and after his shot is blocked Reading eventually clear.
Jonathan De Guzmán
Pablo Hernandez appeals frantically for handball after his exquisite volley with the outside of the right foot connects with a left wing cross, but Shorey blocks with his hand. It's not deliberate but it was likely goalbound and after the Spaniard loops the rebound over the bar his side are distraught at their bad luck. Michael Laudrup looks nervous.
Reading are noticeably tiring as Ki expertly darts through the space in midfield towards the box. He finds Hernandez on the right flank and the Swans eventually win a corner after Angel Rangel forces a tackle from his marker. The corner is wasted but the Swans look like they can find a winner.
Reading manage to keep the ball in the Swans' half after controlling a long ball down the left flank, but create nothing.
Adam Le Fondre
Brian McDermott brings on more fresh legs up front to complement the target man of Jason Roberts.
Every time Swansea get the ball the team show composure in possession to work the ball out from the back with a succession of short passes. The last attack breaks down after the team demand too much of Luke Moore with a ball down the left channel, but the team are not short of ideas.
Assist L. Moore
Goal Wayne Routledge
Wayne Routledge scores to equalise! Ki battles to win the ball on the left flank before passing to Luke Moore, who looks up and finds Routledge bursting into the left edge of the box with a perfectly timed through ball. Routledge this time blasts the ball past McCarthy and the Swans are now well placed to go for the win.
Reading are once more offering next to nothing in attack and struggling to hold on for their first win of the season. Swansea are consistently threatening in attack.
Shorey dangerously chests the ball down to Gorkss in the box, and Moore very nearly pokes the ball home from close range.
The experienced target man Jason Roberts wants a word with the referee after objecting to his yellow card shortly after his introduction, and captain Jobi McAnuff intervenes to usher him away. Is this nerves?
Luke Moore forces anther save from McCarthy with an well taken early shot with his left foot. His side win a corner but it is successfully defended by the away side.
Yellow Card Jason Roberts
Michu gets a goal back for Swansea! Wayne Routledge puts a cross into the box and after it deflects off the first defender it floats towards beyond the crowd in the box to the back post, where the Spanish attacker heads emphatically into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season.
Ki plays a one-two with Michu on the edge of the box before blasting a shot which flies over the bar.
The Swans attack at pace down the left flank and Ben Davies receives the ball on the left by-line, before aiming a cross which evades Luke Moore.
McCarthy makes another terrific save, this time from Williams as he rises high at the back post to head powerfully towards the bottom left corner.
An end-to-end couple of minutes at the Liberty that ends after McCarthy tips Ki's drive from the edge of the box onto the post! The South Korean had dribbled at pace from the half way line towards the edge of the box before cutting inside onto his left foot. His shot was awkward for the keeper and after he got a touch to it he needed the help of the post once more.
Nathan Dyer is hooked for Pablo Hernandez to bring fresh legs on the right flank.
Ki takes another corner, but Reading clear again through Mariappa, and the hosts cannot pressure from the set piece.
Yellow Card Jay Tabb
Noel Hunt wins a foul off Chico after an over-enthusiastic challenge on the left edge of the box. Chico clears the cross and after Swansea look for a counter through Michu on the left flank, Jay Tabb is booked for a foul.
Swansea win a series of throw-ins on the right flank, and Reading eventually clear with a long ball aimed at Pogrebnyak.
Jimmy Kebe appeals for a corner after Wayne Routledge puts the ball out to stop him connecting with Gorkss' flick from a free kick.
Alex McCarthy tips Luke Moore's header onto the post! The striker rose well to meet Routledge's cross from the left flank and put his effort low towards the bottom right corner, but McCarthy did well to get his fingers to it after diving at full stretch. It doesn't look like it's Swansea's day.
Pogrebnyak fouls Williams as he attempts to challenge for the ball in the Swansea box.
Swansea move the ball from the right flank to the left and back again, with Michu eventually attempting to find Luke Moore with a clever through ball which is intercepted.
Hunt and Kebe are both called offside as they attempt to connect with a cross from the left flank.
Luke Moore forces an excellent save from Alex McCarthy after running into a yawning gap at the heart of the Reading defence to receive a through ball from Michu. Moore bears down on goal before placing the ball to the bottom left corner but McCarthy spreads himself well at the feet of the striker to save.
Swansea get the second half underway at the Liberty Stadium!
Striker Luke Moore appears in place of Danny Graham, who was reeling from a heavy challenge from Gorkss.
Swansea are reeling from two Reading goals against the run of play as the walk in at half time. Having had what felt like a lot more of the game than the 58% of possession they recorded and winning four corners to Reading's one, conceding two goals due to a goalkeeping error and an unlikely defensive mishap will be really demoralising. Reading were forced to defend for most of the opening half hour, as the home side were allowed to advance towards their defence before encountering the Royals' massed ranks while Brian McDermott's midfield four struggled to get into the game. But at two in front the Royals can afford to look to hit Swansea on the break, as Michael Laudrup needs to attack as his side hope to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat.
And it's half time at the Liberty Stadium!
Goal Noel Hunt
Noel Hunt strikes with a brilliant volley to put his side 2-0 up! Reading launch the ball forward into the box and Jimmy Kebe and Noel Hunt scrap for the ball as the Royals retain possession amid a scramble. McAnuff's shot from outside the box takes a big deflection off the defender and loops towards the right post, where Hunt, having been played offside by young left back Ben Davies, watches the ball as it drops over his shoulder to volley past Vorm.
Yellow Card Michu
Michu is given a yellow card after a forceful aerial challenge on Mariappa.
Kaspars Gorkss heads powerfully away from the Reading's back line, and Danny Graham appears hurt in the process but manages to get to his feet.
Pogrebnyak drifts out to the right flank and crosses for Karacan, whose header loops high into the arms of Vorm.
Jay Tabb takes a free kick from inside Swansea's half, and the Royals win a corner, which Shorey takes before it is headed away at the near post.
Chico advances forward from defence and passes along the ground to Danny Graham, via a step-over from Michu who looks to receive a return flick on in the box but the ball runs beyond him. In any case, Graham appeared offside.
Swansea pass between them across the middle of the park as Reading get 10 men behind the ball, and win a freekick for a foul on Leon Britton.
Ki shoots low towards the bottom right corner, but McCarthy saves comfortably.
Assist Jobi McAnuff
Goal Pavel Pogrebnyak
Pavel Pogrebnyak scores against the run of play! The Russian striker runs in between the centre backs from the centre to the left edge of the box to receive a speculative through ball from midfield, and his shot looks to be flying towards Michel Vorm, but the keeper allows it to slip through his grip as he saves the shot to his right and it dribbles underneath him into the back of the net. Pogrebnyak's shot was struck well and had power, and he took it early, first time as he ran onto the through ball, but it must go down as a goalkeeping error.
Routledge plays a one-two with Dyer on the left edge of the box and aims to curl a shot around to the far post, the shot is blocked by Mariappa and Michu blasts the rebound over. Routledge appeals for hand ball. Swansea have made several chances so far but Reading continue to offer little in attack.
Nicky Shorey takes a free kick from just beyond the centre circle and floats it towards Noel Hunt on the left edge of the box, but the striker is penalised for a foul.
Nicky Shorey floats a cross from deep into the strikers, but it is headed away by Williams. As Reading come forward again, Pogrebnyak is called offside after attempting to run in behind Chico.
Jobi McAnuff and Pavel Pogrebnyak combine on the left flank and the Russian attempts to find Noel Hunt on the edge of the box, but his poor pass is easily intercepted. Swansea counter attack and after Reading stop them through force of numbers, Ki dribbles towards the left by-line and wins a corner, which Ashley Williams heads wide.
Jem Karacan receives the ball on the edge of the box and attempts to feed the ball to the right wing, but the pass is intercepted. The Swans counter-attack promptly and Michu finds Routledge running into the left edge of the box with a fantastic through ball after controlling Angel Rangel's pass, but the winger's shot is saved.
Reading have offered little in attack and are struggling to get a foothold in the game. After regaining possession in defence they launch it straight forward and win a throw in on the right flank.
Yellow Card Adrian Mariappa
Ben Davies cuts in from left back and finds Michu, who bursts beyond Adrian Mariappa winning a free kick on the left flank.
Ki aims the kick towards the back post but Danny Graham is unable to connect and indicates that the sun in his eyes put him off.
Ki, Nathan Dyer and Danny Graham combine on the edge of the box but Reading defend deep and in numbers and the home side are unable to find a way through.
Wayne Routledge puts an excellent cross from the left flank onto the head of Danny Graham, but his header is directed towards keeper Alex McCarthy and is comfortably saved.
Jay Tabb tries to get on the end of a pass on the edge of the box, clattering into Chico in the process. The referee plays advantage as Swansea attempt a counter attack with their defender prone, but Danny Graham is offside.
Ki Sung-Yueng floats a free kick from the right flank to the back post and Ashley Williams beats his marker to flash a header back across goal that flies wide of the post. It was a good chance.
Williams releases Routledge into the left corner but Kebe tracks over and concedes a corner on the left.
Swansea keep good possession before Ki tries to feed the ball into the right side of the box for Dyer to run onto but it is over hit and McCarthy gathers.
Pogrebnyak tries to run onto a long ball into the right side of the box but Davies shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.
And the game gets underway at the Liberty Stadium!
Brian McDermott gives Jay Tabb a first start in central midfield alongside Jem Karacan, opting for two up front in the form of Pavel Pogrebnyak and Noel Hunt. He keeps his defence unchanged from last week after making several changes ahead of the 2-2 draw against Newcastle.
Michael Laudrup leaves Jonathan De Guzman and Pablo Hernandez on the bench, starting Ki Sung-Yeung and Leon Britton in central midfield and Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer on the wings.
Reading: McCarthy, Shorey, Mariappa, Gorkss, Cummings, McAnuff, Karacan, Tabb, Kebe, Pogrebnyak, Hunt. Subs: Stuart Taylor, Pearce, Le Fondre, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Guthrie, Roberts.
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Michu, Ki, Routledge, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Hernandez, Shechter, Moore, de Guzman, Tiendalli.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's Live play-by-play as Swansea take on Reading at the Liberty Stadium. I'm Arthur Virgo here to talk through the events.
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