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"I practice it every day in training!"

Swift on superb free-kick and hard-earned Carabao Cup progress

15 August 2018

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John Swift says he was pleased to get on the scoresheet for the Royals in midweek - but he hopes to see the team kick on after their first win of the season.


Clement picks through positives of cup progress

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A sumptuous free-kick from Swift in the second half added to a driven strike from Yakou Méïte in the first half, as the Royals ran out 2-0 winners against Birmingham City in the Carabao Cup.

With Bolton Wanderers visiting Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Swift hopes to use Tuesday's result as a springboard to earn all three points at the weekend.

On his fantastic strike, Swift said: "I practice it every day in training, so I'm just glad it came off and it gave us a two-goal cushion. I think we needed it in the game, we were a bit under pressure so thankfully it came off today.

"I think it was needed - we came into this game knowing that we can't lose. It's a good start to get the wins in the league now, we'll focus on Saturday.

"It was a good performance but there were good and bad things, we need to train this week now and really push on for Saturday's game because it's a massive one."

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Paul Clement made five changes for Tuesday's match, one of which being Swift's inclusion back in the starting line-up after appearing as a substitute at the weekend, and the midfielder said there's plenty of healthy competition in the Royals' ranks.

"Every player in the squad is good enough to play in the league," he explained. "But some players have played more than others so this game gave people a chance to have a run-out.

"We'll go into Saturday full of confidence, wanting to win and I think every player who came in did really well.

"Everyone is on it in training every day. It's a good group of lads, a good group to be around and if we push ourselves in training it'll show on the pitch.

"We can't train nice and easily and expect to get an easy win. We're looking good, training is getting better and better, the team's looking good and we just need to get our first win in the league now."

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