Royals midfielder John Swift paid tribute to his teammates for the effort and energy that they showed to earn a goalless draw at Swansea City.
The Swans went into the midweek round of fixtures in second place – and Reading had to be solid at the back to shut out a potent attack. A young defensive line stood strong, and had goalkeeper Rafael to call upon when needed as the Brazilian pulled some stops out of the top drawer to earn a draw.
“I think we’re a little bit relieved to be fair – they had a lot of chances in the first half,” Swift reflected, having played the final quarter of the match. “It can be different when you’re out on the pitch in the way that you feel, but from the bench they looked strong and had a lot of the ball.
“But we defended really, really well. Rafa had a game that you know he’s capable of, and we’re all glad that we come away with a point.
“Swansea are a good team and they’re showing it. That’s why they are second in the league. And they’ve got some really good players; they kept the ball really well and made it difficult for us to put pressure on them when we did eventually get the ball.
“We were working really hard off the ball, and when we got it, we wanted to put three or four passes together and that proved to be difficult – I realised that when I came on and it was a difficult game to come into.
“We had a few breakaways where we could have done a bit better. Every long ball we tried to play went to them – it was a difficult game.
“But the back line and Andy and Josh put an absolute shift in to keep a clean sheet, and Rafa had an incredible game and kept us in it the whole time. So congratulations to them and the rest of the team as well because coming away with a point is difficult, but we’re quite happy with it.”