Who Hit The Target? - Swansea City 2-0 Reading Match Report
Swansea City won back to back games for the first time since the start of the season with their 2-0 win over Reading at the weekend. Reading boss Paul Clement made his return to the Liberty Stadium for the first time since his tenure at Swansea, but will not want to remember his trip.
Swansea’s win saw them rise to 8th place in the table and remain firmly in the playoff contention. It was a well deserved win for Swansea, who built on their impressive second half display against Blackburn. The Swans started off the better side as Reading struggled to deal with the pace coming down both flanks. Reading would also have their chances to open the scoring, but it would be Swansea who took a first half lead.
Oli McBurnie’s back amongst the goals
After not scoring in nearly 2 months, Oli McBurnie grabbed 2 goals against Reading as he looks to put his poor run behind him. McBurnie almost got on the end of a Daniel James shot in the opening exchanges, looking to get the deflection that would have diverted the goal past Anssi Jaakkola. The Scottish striker still managed to get himself around the pitch in the first half and was rewarded when Daniel James was brought down in the box. McBurnie stepped up to take the penalty and confidently fired down the middle. The opening goal had a clear effect on McBurnie’s play, with McBurnie constantly looking for the ball for the rest of the game.
Daniel James continues to terrify Championship defences
Young Daniel James has been a revelation for Graham Potter’s side this season and now surely must be one of the first names on the team sheet. The winger’s pace has been a problem for Championship defences up and down the country so far this season and Reading were no different. Reading right back Andy Yiadom is considered to be one of the fastest defenders in the league but he was consistently torn to shreds by James. It was Yiadom’s foul that gave Swansea their penalty and it was just to be the start of his troubles at the Liberty.
Swansea’s late second goal came courtesy a deep James run. The Welshman was found by Martin Olsson as his perfectly timed run saw him sprint past Reading’s defence with ease. A perfectly timed cross was then easily dispatched by an Oli McBurnie before the pair ran off delighted to celebrate in front of the Jack Army.
Mike van Der Hoorn leads from the back
Mike van Der Hoorn has been an ever-present in Swansea’s defence this season. The Dutchman is the only player not to have fallen victim to Graham Potter’s rotation so far and his presence can only have a positive effect on his team. With Leroy Fer’s injury troubles this season, van Der Hoorn has often taken up the captain’s armband and his leadership on Saturday was clearer than ever. In the first half, the centre-half stopped everything that came his way. In the second half, he stopped constant Reading attacks as the Royals looked for an equaliser, but again, van Der Hoorn was equal to it. A first clean sheet in 3 matches will be a welcome sight to both van Der Hoorn and goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
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