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Swift delighted to be back among the goals

Midfielder's brace helps Royals to three points

1 November 2017

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John Swift revelled in scoring his first goals of the season as the Royals ran out 3-1 winners against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

The midfielder earned Man of the Match for his performance at Madejski Stadium, opening the scoring with a calm finish from Leandro Bacuna's cross, after Bacuna's burst of pace to attack.

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Swift then latched on first time to a delightful lofted pass from Mo Barrow to double the advantage, before Sone Aluko topped off the night by poking a cross-come-shot in off goalkeeper Jordan Smith.

Swift hopes to bring more consistency going forward, by saying he knows the capabilities of the current squad.

He said: "We know what we're good at. We know the gameplan we have, we just need to stick to it.

"If we keep playing like that, that's the performances and results that we think we're good enough to get.

"The team did really well. Vito (Mannone) as well, I have to say, he pulled off some unbelievable saves as well so it wasn't just the attackers.

"The defenders as well, they were outstanding. I think the whole team worked together and it was just a great win."

The Royals will be hoping to go into the international break on a high with a positive result at Derby County at Pride Park at the weekend.


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Having had injuries that have limited his involvement so far this season, Swift is confident that he can play a big role within the squad this season.

With his performance last night, our #10 is hoping to kick on going forward.

He added: "The injury was really frustrating, I missed quite a lot. We didn't start that well and it was really frustrating for me to be on the sidelines and not being able to contribute at all. 

"It's good to be back, I'm recovering well after games, I'm not feeling anything injury-wise and I'm trying to do my best when I do get on the pitch.

"I need to get out there, I need to create stuff, I need to get on the ball and I'm glad I did that. I'm glad I got a couple of goals as well, it's my first two for the season so hopefully I can build on it and help the team build on the performance."

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