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Swift | "It'll be another high-tempo game"

Midfielder looks ahead to New Year test

31 December 2018

John Swift says the similarity in playing styles of the Royals and Swansea City will make for an intriguing game at Madejski Stadium on New Year's Day.

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Graham Potter's Swans triumphed over Reading in the reverse fixture at the Liberty back in October, thanks to a brace from top scorer Oliver McBurnie.

With the team adapting quickly to the demands of José Gomes and his coaching staff, Swift hopes for a positive result to kick off 2019.

On the challenge Swansea pose, he said: "They like to play with the ball too, but I think last time we gave them too much space. 

"It'll be another high-tempo game, whoever can get control of the game with the ball early will have the most possession - both teams will try to be the best team with the ball.

"Both teams want the ball as much as possible, hopefully we can frustrate them because they've got a lot of good players.

"Hopefully we can get on the ball, create chances going forward and get a few goals."

The manager has already spoken of the impact Reading supporters had on Saturday at QPR - with Swift hoping for a repeat of the atmosphere they generated in London back on home turf in RG2.

"Throughout the whole game we could hear them," he added. "Especially in the last 20 minutes of the second half, when we were under pressure we could still hear them.

"If we can play like we did against QPR, show that we're free-flowing with the ball, create good chances and really get them off their seat - it'll be louder and it'll be better for everyone."


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