Report - Swansea City 2-2 Reading
6th October 2012
Swansea City ended their 3-match losing-run but they couldn't give Leon Britton a 'day to remember' as they had to come back from 2-goal deficit to rescue a point at home against Reading.
Manager Michael Laudrup made one change to the team that lost 2-0 at Stoke City last week, as he opted to bring back Wayne Routledge to the wing for new record club signing Pablo Hernandez.
Routledge's return proved to be effective as he made one goal and scored the equaliser in the second half, after a forgetful first 45 minutes.
The Swans dominated the first half but missed chances cost us as Reading took the couple they needed to take a surprising 2-goal advantage at the break.
Ashley Williams saw an effort go wide from Ki's free-kick, while Graham saw a chance palmed away for a corner as Laudrup's side looked for an early breakthrough.
After Michu blazed a shot well over the bar, Reading opened the scoring with their first effort on target. Dutch international goalkeeper Michel Vorm will be disappointed to let a low shot go underneath him and into the net as Progrebnyak went through down the left to score a goal against the run of play.
The opening goal from the visitors completely stunned the hosts as they dominated possession and were the side creating chances, but they were stunned once more before half time as Reading doubled their lead. A pass was deflected nicely into the path of the unmarked Hunt, and he volleyed home an unstoppable shot past Vorm, as there were further questions to be asked about the marking by the home defence.
The Swans had nothing to show for their hard work in the first half, as while they didn't take their chances, Reading made full use of the few they created, as once again Swansea had a big test on their hands to prevent a fourth consecutive defeat.
Once again, Laudrup's side did look like they were lacking pace in their passing game, something he criticised when he watched his team lose 3-0 at home against Everton. The way they were playing today it looked like they were heading for the same thing, unless they vastly improved in the second 45 minutes and started to take their chances - and thankfully that's exactly what they did.
Laudrup made a change at the start of the second half as Danny Graham, ineffective in the first 45 minutes, made way for Luke Moore. The former Aston Villa frontman also made an impact straight away as he had more efforts on goal in his first 5 minutes than Graham did in the entire opening half.
He forced a save from the keeper twice before he kept the scores at 2-0 once again, tipping his headed effort onto the post. The visitors had their goalkeeper to thank for maintaining their 2-goal advantage as Swansea City were clearly the side pushing for a goal or two.
The hosts dominated once more, but compared to the first half, they seemed to be doing more with the ball in the second. More meaningful play, and efforts on target that were now forcing the goalkeeper into good saves.
The Swans were missing that link up play down the flanks though as Nathan Dyer struggled to combine with Angel Rangel, and the winger was later replaced by Pablo Hernandez.
After pushing for a vital goal to get back into the game, Swansea finally halved the deficit as Routledge's deflected cross fell to the unmarked Michu who dived to head home a goal to make the scores 1-2, it now gave them a boost in confidence to go in search of an equaliser in the final 20 minutes.
7 minutes later, the equaliser came, and they still had time on the clock to get a winner. Substitute Luke Moore fed Wayne Routledge who fired the ball in first time to send the home fans into raptures.
Routledge had the highest amount of assists in the side before being dropped for new signing Pablo Hernandez a few games ago, but today he proved to be influential again, having assisted one goal and scoring the other to rescue a much needed point.
Substitute Hernandez then had a great shout for a penalty when his shot on goal was blocked by an obvious arm, but unsurprisingly referee Mike Dean waved away our penalty shouts. At the other end of the pitch, Reading then had a late chance to steal all three points, but Ashley Williams was well placed to head an effort off the line.
Michael Laudrup's side had to work very hard for a point at home, but sometimes they made it difficult for themselves to earn a point and end their 3-match losing run. Again, it was poor marking for the goals as almost gifted them their chances, though the second was a fortunate deflection to guide the ball to Hunt to volley home. The Swans struggled to convert chances in the first, but they showed more intent and quality in second to avoid what would have been an awful fourth defeat in a row, against what Laudrup described as one of their closest rivals, as they look to avoid relegation, along with the Premier League new boys.
Swans: Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel, Ben Davies, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams (capt), Leon Britton, Ki, Michu (Jonathan de Guzman, 86), Nathan Dyer (Pablo Hernandez, 62), Wayne Routledge, Danny Graham (Luke Moore, ht).
Subs: Gerhard Tremmel, Dwight Tiendalli, Alan Tate, Itay Shechter.
Reading: Alex McCarthy, Nicky Shorey, Jem Karacan, Adrian Mariappa, Pavel Progrebnyak (Adam Le Fondre, 80), Noel Hunt (Jason Roberts, 72), Jobi McAnuff (capt), Jimmy Kebe, Jay Tabb (Hal Robson-Kanu, 89), Kaspars Gorkss, Shaun Cummings.
Subs: Alex Pearce, Gareth McCleary, Danny Guthrie, Stuart Taylor.