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Swift: “We deserved more than we got”

22 January 2017

Midfielder reflects on narrow loss at Pride Park

A fifth goal in Reading colours for summer arrival John Swift counted for little in the grand scheme of things, as Derby County took a 3-2 win at Pride Park on Saturday.

Swift notched the opener after some fantastic work from Liam Kelly in the right channel – but Darren Bent brought the hosts back on terms before the break, and Tom Ince and Will Hughes pulled the Derby into a lead after half-time.  Yakou Meite’s first goal for the club, 10 minutes from time, set up a grandstand finish – the Royals loaded the box but couldn’t force the ball over the line.

And the midfielder felt that a performance in which the Royals showed dominance and dynamism merited a lot more than the Royals got.

“It’s really disappointing for us as a team – we definitely deserved more than we got,” said Swift after the match. 

“We started really well, and they got on top of us at the end of the first half.  But the way we ended was good and we could have grabbed a point at the end; it’s disappointing not to get any points today.

“With the way the game went, we have to be a bit more disciplined.  We went 1-0 up and we needed to push on and get a second.  But every game is a hard game and the other team will get chances.  They took their chances today – we could have and probably should have got a point at the end.”

838 fans travelled in support of the Royals – Swift believes that those in attendance won’t have any doubt of the commitment or quality that is present in the Reading squad.

“We’re not going to give up the way we want to play,” he continued.  “It’s the right way and we’re getting better each time we play.  It’s going to get harder because teams know how we play, but it’s how we’re going to do it.

“At the end of the day, it is the result that matters and the three points is the main thing.  But all the fans here will know that we gave 100% and we definitely deserved more than we got.  So hopefully when we get to the Madejski against Fulham we can turn it around and get three points.”

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