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"We dominated the ball and created good chances, on another day they go in!"

John Swift reflects on encouraging signs at Loftus Road

30 December 2018

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John Swift says the Royals were good value for victory against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, but should still be happy with a point and a clean sheet.


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Swift bent a free-kick around the wall from 25 yards that only missed by a matter of inches early in the second half - with his effort grazing the roof of the net at Loftus Road.

The hosts twice hit the crossbar either side of half-time in London, in what was an absorbing encounter that ultimately ended goalless.

Danny Loader came off the bench for the Royals, going close to his first senior goal deep in stoppage time, forcing Joe Lumley into a flying save on his left to ensure the spoils were shared against the Hoops.

On the performance itself, Swift said: "We dominated the ball, created some good chances and I think on another day they go in, but overall - especially in the first half - we were very happy with how we were playing.

"When the manager came in, he told every player how he wants them to play. I think that was pretty obvious how we wanted to play today, and against Millwall as well.

"We were trying to play with the ball, keep possession and create chances when we played forward. He hasn't had long, so after a busy period hopefully we can get more work done on the training ground, and become more clinical when we get the ball in the final third.

"I think every Reading player, fan and staff member knows this is how I want to play. It suits me best when I'm trying to get on the ball, dictate the game and create chances.

"Every player in the team is happy that we're doing that, for me it's a good way to play - and I think it's the best way to play."

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José Gomes will be entering into his second week as Reading boss in the build-up to facing Swansea City on New Year's Day - and Swift says he has been productive in getting his ideas across to the squad straight away.

"He's told us to play with freedom, when we're in defensive areas we try and move it nice and quickly - then when we get up the top end of the pitch, trying to create chances he wants us to play with freedom, get at players.

"The players have realised that when we are up there, one-against-one, players like Mo, Omar when he's up there too, we can really threaten and play with freedom when we can."

The match at Loftus Road was the last for the Royals in 2018 - a year which Swift and the squad will look to put behind them and push on for more in 2019.

"The Reading fans will be saying the same, probably," he admitted. "Hopefully we can go into 2019 and really push on, get some wins on the board, take how we're playing after this game and work on the training pitch.

"We want to show that we can score goals and we're effective when we play."

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