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Swift: ‘We showed good character’

3 October 2016

John Swift praises Royals after late equaliser against Rams...

Reading midfielder John Swift was pleased with the spirit the team showed to grab a last gasp equaliser against Derby County on Saturday, earning the home side a valuable point against the Rams.

It was George Evans’ 90th-minute strike which maintained the Royals’ unbeaten record at home this season; Yann Kermorgant made the initial header on a Roy Beerens corner, allowing Callum Harriott to grab the assist for Evans.  That all came after former Reading striker Matej Vydra put the visitors ahead just past the hour mark, prodding in a deflected free-kick.

“It was a good result, because Derby are a good side,” admitted Swift. “We started well, from the first five or ten minutes we were on top.  But after we went behind, I think we showed good character and fought to get back.

“It was a good ball in from the corner by Roy Beerens and a great header from Yann to put it back in the middle. Callum could have taken the chance for himself but he set it down for George who did well to put it away.”

Despite the last minute equaliser, the England U21 international still believes the Royals could have garnered more than a point form the game after a strong first half performance, but were unable to break the deadlock whilst on-top.  

“I think if we had got a goal in the first half we would have carried on and got the win, but we were a bit unfortunate,” reflected the midfielder.

“We’ve got to keep creating the chances. That’s mine and the wingers' jobs - to put the ball in the box for Yann. He’s great at winning the ball in the air so if we can play the ball in to him and get around him he’ll win nine out of ten battles in the air.

“Derby are a good side, they showed that last year," he continued. "Coming in to the match we had to be at the top of our game from the off, I think the whole team dug-in really well and we could’ve got more than a point, but we’ll take it."

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