Sinclair Winner Puts Swans Up To 4th
16th October 2010, 3pm
Scott Sinclair delivered the goods yet again for the Swans as he scored his 7th goal in 5 games to put us up into 4th place, with victory against Brendan Rodgers' former club Reading at the Madesjki Stadium.
It was 7th vs 8th in the Championship this afternoon with both sides equal with 16 points after 10 matches played. The Swans were looking to end their 25-year run without victory away at Reading and thanks to Sinclair's 35th minute strike, that came to an end today.
Our away form had been a big concern for the Swans up until recently, as we lost all our away matches until we ended that poor run at Watford 3 weeks ago - Rodgers' former club. We're now going from strength to strength as today's win - against another of Rodgers' previous clubs, was impressive to say the least. The Royals were enjoying a good run of form before today, winning their last 3 at home without conceding a goal.
We were boosted with the returns of first team players Darren Pratley, goalscorer Scott Sinclair and Stephen Dobbie who all started. Joe Allen missed out due to injury so Andrea Orlandi replaced him in midfield.
Rangel - Monk - Williams - Tate
Gower - Pratley - Orlandi
Just over 2,000 Swansea City supporters made the trip along the M4 to back their team at the Madesjki Stadium and they were in full voice from kick off.
We didn't look threatening early on as the hosts were creating most of the early opportunities. Shane Long went close within the first few minutes but he couldn't direct a cross goalwards.
Rodgers then had to make a change after 20 minutes as Mark Gower was forced to go off with an injury, and David Cotterill came on to replace him. The Welsh international helped to create the winning goal 15 minutes later, as he put Scott Sinclair through who rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home.
We didn't create much before the goal but it didn't matter as we took our best chance, and it was that man Sinclair again who showed his goalscoring quality.
Reading piled on the pressure in the second half as they looked to put the scores level again but we managed to hold on to our lead and keep a clean sheet. We had chances to increase our lead but we didn't take them, thankfully those missed opportunities didn't cost us a win.
The 3 points puts us up to 4th in the Championship table, and we now look forward to hosting the unbeaten League leaders QPR on Tuesday night.