Swansea End Reading's 7-Match Losing Run
26th December 2012
Reading ended their 7-match losing streak today with a hard-earned goalless draw against Swansea City.
Both teams had chances to claim all three points, but the scoreline reflected the game as a dull affair, with a draw being the fair result.
Reading boss Brian McDermott summed up their recent form, by saying a 0-0 draw was 'progress' while Michael Laudrup was pleased with the dominant display but it was lacking quality in the final third.
Laudrup made two changes to the team that drew against the leaders Manchester United. Kemy Agustien was unfortunate to lose his place to Ki Sung yueng, while de Guzman was dropped for Luke Moore. Changes that made little effect whatsoever, Ki struggled to make much attacking contribution while Moore was poor in our general possession game and again stressed the fact that we need a quality striker to compliment Michu.
Michu had the visitor's best chances in the first half, while Vorm had little to do as Reading failed to make the most of their set pieces.
Swansea's top goalscorer somehow volleyed over from 6 yards, when a Reading gifted him a chance when he attempted to chest the ball back to his goalkeeper. His other chance saw him turn a defender inside out and fire wide, but the referee blew his whistle for a foul from Michu, it looked harsh, but it was rare to see the Spaniard shoot off target on a one on one situation.
Apart from that, there was little else to talk about in the first half, but thankfully things did improve slightly after the break, though still no goals to shout about.
Both teams looked cautious in the opening 45 minutes, and the game opened up slightly in the second period, with either side having a couple of chances to break the deadlock.
Nathan Dyer headed a low effort towards the bottom corner but Federici pulled off a great save to see it around the post and out for a corner. The other chance came when Ki Sung yueng fired a powerful straight at the goalkeeper.
For the hosts, they thought they had got the vital winner from a Lee Hart set piece. The full back sent in an in-swinger and substitute Le Fondre dived forward with his arm to send the ball into the net, but fortunately the referee noticed the obvious cheating and disallowed it.
Their other chance came when Chico Flores blocked a powerful shot just in front of the goal line, as Vorm's attempted claim for the ball saw it fall for Le Fondre again, this time to volley goalward.
Reading were pleased to end their losing run and keep a clean sheet, but the Swans yet again struggle to perform against one of the bottom half clubs, as they looked capable of getting all three points given their dominant spells.
However, Laudrup's side lacked an attacking threat and a point they were worthy of only. The Swans boss will now be hoping Michu won't be out for long as he suffered a knock to his ankle in an off-the-ball incident.