Who Hit The Target - Reading 1-4 Swansea City
Swansea City kicked off 2019 in spectacular fashion with a 4-1 win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium. The Swans have enjoyed some success on the road and their form continued into the new season with this commanding win. With plenty of players to choose from, Bet UK look at 3 players that impressed us at the Madejski.
McBurnie has been going through promising spells throughout the season, but at times has struggled to put a strong run of form together. After 2 goals on New Years Day however, he will be hoping that 2019 is the year he makes a true run for the Championship golden boot. Just 2 minutes into the match, McBurnie got on the end of a Kyle Naughton cross to head into the far corner, well out of reach of Anssi Jaakkola. McBurnie added a 4th with a 48th minute penalty after Wayne Routledge was brought down just inside the area. McBurnie confidently hammered his shot into the corner, scoring his 10th goal of the season.
Roberts continues to impress week in, week out for Swansea and continued his incredible Championship form into the New Year. He grabbed Swansea’s second goal as a reward for his impressive start to the match. Bersant Celina’s lofted pass into the box found Leroy Fer, who headed towards the far post. Just missing McBurnie’s left boot, the ball confused Jaakkola and left Roberts with an open goal to put Swansea 2-0 up. After signing a new contract this season, Roberts looks like he could be a mainstay of this Swansea side for years to come.
Mike van der Hoorn
An incredible first half performance was capped off when Mike van der Hoorn steered home Matt Grimes free kick at the back post. The Dutchman is a constant threat at set pieces and added a second goal in 2 games after already scoring against Wigan. Grimes’ low cross from the corner of the box evaded everyone before finding van der Hoorn at the back post, who happily tapped in Swansea City’s third. Defensively, van der Hoorn was as sound as ever throughout the match. This season, the vice captain has barely put a foot wrong and has won over the hearts of Swansea fans with passionate displays at the back.
Reading scored a late goal through Callum Harriot, although it turned out to be nothing more than a consolation with the match finishing 4-1. Although Graham Potter would have liked a clean sheet, this will be a match that might be looked back on as a defining moment in Swansea’s season. After a difficult festive period, the Swans will be hoping to push on from this win, starting with an FA Cup tie at Aston Villa.
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