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Swift | "It was there to be hit!"

Midfielder looks back at one of the goals of the season

27 December 2019

John Swift smiled as he was asked for his reaction to what will be a certain Goal of the Season contender, courtesy of the Royals midfielder on Boxing Day evening.


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Swift's thunderbolt early in the second half was enough for Reading to beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 on the night, with a team effort right to the end as the Royals earned their third consecutive clean sheet, and seven points from a possible nine.

The midfielder spoke after the full-time whistle, and there was only one place to start...

"To be honest, it was more 'get it down and play,' I think my touch wasn't the best and it was on the bobble. I hadn't looked around and it was there to be hit," he said.

"After I've hit it, just watching it go in was an unbelievable feeling and to then come off and get the three points was massive.

"We have to look at what Rafa was doing in the last 15-20 minutes, with some of the saves he was pulling off. Gunts made a great tackle against Eze going down the left hand side, but again, Rafa pulled off some unbelievable saves at the end that, ultimately, ended up giving us the win.

"I scored the goal, but I think all plaudits have to go to Rafa."

The playmaker spoke of the impact made by the entire team on the night, as Mark Bowen's side battled tooth and nail to the end on Boxing Day to beat QPR on the night.


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"We started really well, really fast and started on top. In the last 15 minutes of the first half, we let them get a lot of the ball and maybe sat off a bit too much, but in the second half, we started well again, got the ball and moved it really quickly, as we've been training.

"After the goal, it was one of those games where if we got two, we might have got three or four, but they ended up getting more of the ball.

"We ended up sitting back a little bit and relying a bit on Rafa in the end, but all credit to the lads to hold on and get the three points, it was definitely needed.

"We've been talking about making the Madejski a place to go and fight for everything we want, we've done that now. I think every team who comes here now knows that they're in for a game.

"We just have to push on. I think we were a lot better on the ball today than we were in the last few games, but to get the clean sheet as well as the three points was massive."

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