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As it happened | Reading 1-4 Swansea City

Recap of our opening fixture of 2019

1 January 2019


  • New Year's Day fixture against Swansea
  • Oli McBurnie (2) and Roberts give Swansea comfortable lead at half-time
  • Penalty completes hat-trick for McBurnie
  • Harriott nets for Reading on return from long-term injury
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Updated at 16:52 (UK)


FULL-TIME | Reading 1-4 Swansea City

Oli McBurnie (3) and Connor Roberts do the damage for Swansea, but a nice touch for the Royals as Callum Harriott nets from the bench after two years spent sidelined with injury.


A fine cross-field ball by Swift is controlled well by Yiadom, who works room for a cross, which is just past Böðvarsson in the middle and cleared to safety.

There'll be four added minutes at the end of the game.


Last sub of the game sees Cameron Carter-Vickers replace Wayne Routledge for Swansea.


Second Swans sub as Dyer comes off for Fulton. 


Danny Loader's effort deflected just wide!  Nice build-up play again as Barrow comes narrow to get involved.  A good spell for Reading.



It's been a tough afternoon, but a terrific moment for Callum Harriott, who gets on the scoresheet five minutes after his return after two years spent out of action injured.  Gets on the end of Loader's scooped pass, takes a touch, slots in.  4-1 to Swansea.


Mo Barrow gets booked, as his lunging challenge on Kyle Naughton leaves the full-back in a heap.


The visitors make their first change as hat-trick man McBurnie is replaced by Courtney Baker-Richardson.


Final Reading sub - it's a return at long last for Callum Harriott!  He replaces Garath McCleary.  Welcome back Callum.


Swansea, sitting deep, do well to get numbers behind the ball and make spaces small.  John Swift shoots but curls wide from inside the D.


Good hands from Jaakkola to save down low, denying Nathan Dyer.  Grimes' free-kick was cleared into his path and he struck first time, but the Finn showed good hands to collect.


Tiago Ilori has his name taken as he bumps Bersant Celina off the ball unfairly in the left channel.


Swift sprays the ball out to Barrow on the left-hand touchline - the winger gets the better of Naughton but his low cross-shot is saved at the near post by Mulder.


Double sub for Reading - Sone Aluko and Yakou Meite are replaced by Jón Daði Böðvarsson and Danny Loader.


Meite with an opportunity as McCleary hooks a high cross into the area, but it's a difficult ask to generate any power and it's a comfy save for Mulder.


Meite rises in aerial combat.


Roberts gets his name taken for Swansea, as he takes down McCleary cynically off the ball.  The ref spots it and reaches for his notepad.


Goal - 4-0 to Swansea City.  Wayne Routledge is dragged down in the area by Andy Yiadom and the ref points to the spot... McBurnie steps up and fires in the hat-trick goal.


Terrific block by Omar Richards, who prevents Van der Hoord from extending the lead as he escapes in the area.  O'Shea hacks away.


The second half gets underway - Reading will shoot towards the Eamonn Dolan Stand.


HALF-TIME | Reading 0-3 Swansea City

It's a long way back for the Royals in the coming 45 minutes, as Oli McBurnie's double and one for Connor Roberts give the Swans a big edge at the interval.


Goal - 3-0 to Swansea.  Matt Grimes sends a free-kick in from wide on the left, and Oli McBurnie is arriving unseen on the far side and guides in.


John Swift loops a cross towards the back post - it's slightly overhit which means goalkeeper Erwin Muller is backpedalling to try and keep it out... some Royals supporters hope that it'll be given as over the line, but the referee points to his watch to show that Hawk-Eye hasn't given the goal.


Goal - 2-0 to Swansea.  Celina lifts a ball forward to Fer, who nods on for McBurnie... Jaakkola gets there just ahead of the forward but Connor Roberts is on the far side to scramble in.


Not much in the way of clear-cut chances, but Omar Richards the latest to earn an opportunity as he uses the run of Barrow to find space to break inside.  Bursting into the box, he shoots but finds a grey and orange jersey in the way.


Captain Garath McCleary putting on pressure.


Swift again has a chance to make things happen from a dead-ball situation. Once again, it's Barrow who wins the free-kick, this time on the left.  Another decent delivery but this time it's the towering figure of Leroy Fer that makes the headed clearance.


Mo Barrow's bold play down the right flank wins a free-kick in a wide position.  Swift steps up and puts in an out-swinger, which Yakou Meite meets in the middle, but he can only send his header high over the crossbar.


More good build-up as Rinomhota spots the run of Meite down the left channel.  A bit of link-up with Barrow before Meite puts in a cross, which is shanked out for a corner...


Aluko rolls a challenge on the right flank to set off an attack - he cuts inside and opts to shoot from 20 yards, having got into a central area. But his effort is high and wide and never troubling the goalkeeper.


A cracking strike from John Swift, and a good save by goalkeeper Erwin Mulder!

Mo Barrow had won a free-kick 25 yards out by drawing a foul from Bersant Celina, but the goalie adjusted well to our midfielder's dipping effort.


Reading looking for a quick reaction after falling behind in the second minute.

A corner is worked to Swift, whose cross to the far post is only half-cleared.  Ilori can't generate enough power as he tries to head goalwards from 10 yards out.


Goal - an early setback for the Royals.  A deep cross from the Swansea right finds McBurnie between the centre-halves, and he guides his header into the far corner.  1-0 to the visitors.


Kick-off!  Oli McBurnie gets the ball rolling for the Swans. We're shooting towards the South Stand.


Here come the teams!  Garath McCleary leads the Royals out of the tunnel...


Counting down to kick-off!  The players are getting ready... 


Also great to see Liam Moore back in the squad - he's available from the bench, having missed out against QPR through injury.


Fantastic to see Callum Harriott back in the squad today.  After a deeply frustrating 2017 and 2018 for the winger, beset with injury, hopefully 2019 will be much more fruitful!


TEAM NEWS | Unchanged starting XI today as we take on Swansea City in José Gomes’ first game in charge, but Liam Moore returns to the bench and Callum Harriott is in the squad for the first time for over two years.

Reading: Jaakkola, Yiadom, Richards, Ilori, O’Shea, Swift, Rinomhota, Barrow, Aluko, McCleary (c), Meite.
Subs: Walker, Moore, Osho, Harriott, Kelly, Loader, Böðvarsson.

Swansea City: Mulder, Roberts, Routledge, Grimes, Rodon, Van der Hoorn, Naughton, Fer (c), Dyer, Celina, McBurnie.
Subs: Nordfelt, Carter-Vickers, Fulton, Baker-Richardson, James, Montero, McKay.


The pitch is looking fresh and ready for a new year...


Pick up your programme around the ground - The Royal will be on sale around the ground for £3.


For the first time in 2019 - welcome to Madejski Stadium!

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