John Swift previews Reading's trip to Loftus Road...Reading’s John Swift is looking forward to Saturday’s trip to Loftus Road and what he expects to be a raucous atmosphere in West London when the Royals visit tomorrow afternoon.
The midfielder has experience of playing against at QPR having featured in two West London derbies for Brentford against Rangers, so he is prepared for a tough away clash a believes the Royals need to be on the front foot from the off.
“On Saturday it’s for us to go there and quiet the fans down,” insisted Swift. “They’ll be a 12th man for them, it comes down to us and how we play.
“I haven’t got the best start to go there… I’ve played for two of their rival teams! I didn’t play against them for Chelsea, but I played against them twice for Brentford – we won one and lost one.
“Both games were good experience,” he continued. “That was a big derby and QPR always have a good team and they’re always competitive in the league.”
Swift is looking forward to the Reading travelling faithful making themselves heard at Loftus Road with many Royals fans taking the opportunity to make the short trip down to London for the fixture.
The midfielder thinks the Reading fans could have a big part to play in the outcome of Saturday’s match.
“It’s a close game for our fans – the trip isn’t too far and so we’ll have a lot of fans there,” said Swift. “It’s going to be a hard game for us, and every game in the Championship is really hard, but it all comes down to the way we adapt ourselves. It we defend right and attack right and do the right things, hopefully we can keep their fans quiet.
“At every away game, and especially at places like QPR, there’s always a lot of fans and you can hear them all… but if we keep the ball the way we do and get them frustrated, that can work in our favour. Hopefully we can go there and get the win.”