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Swift: "Six points from the last two games is massive!"

18 April 2017

Goalscorer John Swift reflects on Reading's second win in 48 hours with victory over the Millers...

Reading midfielder John Swift described Monday afternoon’s win over Rotherham as a massive three points for the Royals after they came from behind to beat Rotherham, at Madejski Stadium.

It was the squad’s second game in 48hours and Swift praised the team’s fitness as they fought back well in the second-half to overturn the one goal half-time deficit.

“The fitness is good,” said Swift. “To come away with six points from these two games is massive. We’ve only got three more games, so one last push and hopefully we can stay in the play-offs.

“We went into the last couple of games under a bit of pressure because of the result against Norwich,” admitted the midfielder. “I would say this one was an even bigger win than the one against Villa because we could’ve easily taken our foot off the gas, which we did for a short spell in the first half, but came out on top in the second.” 

The England U21 international netted the winner after Lewis Grabban came on from the bench to equalise for the Royals with a fine volley, with Swift full of praise for the character his fellow teammates showed in turning the game around.

Rotherham who are already relegated from the Sky Bet Championship, sat deep after taking a first-half lead and allowed little space for Reading to play their passing game as the home side looked for a route back into the match.

“We were sloppy in first half, we took our foot off the gas and we shouldn’t have,” said Swift. “After they got that goal it was difficult. They sat back and it was difficult to break through them. When Lewis Grabban came on he scored with a great finish which meant they had to come out and try and get another goal.

“It was a great pass from Danny (Willliams) and Gunts (Chris Gunter) has put it on a plate from me. We’re just really glad to come away with the three points because we were under a bit of pressure when we were 1-0 down but it was good to get the win.

“I haven’t been on the scoresheet to get that goal helps my confidence and to help the team the get the three points is massive.

“We knew it was going to be a difficult one because of the way they sat in,” Swift continued. “We just had to be patient with the ball, keeping moving it and open the gaps in midfield. We’ve got a good squad, we showed that against Villa and the boys that came in did really well.”

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