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Reading   0 - 1   Swansea

Reading 0-1 Swansea

Reading 0-1 Swansea

By David Dulin
BBC Sport at the Madejski Stadium

Scott Sinclair fired in his ninth goal in 10 games to give Brendan Rodgers revenge at old club Reading as Swansea City moved fourth in the Championship.

The former Chelsea winger struck 10 minutes before the break rounding Reading keeper Adam Federici.

Nathan Dyer hit the bar for the Swans while striker Stephen Dobbie was also twice denied by Federici.

Jobi McAnuff had Reading's best chance with a 25-yard free kick which was turned over the bar by Dorus de Vries.

It was Swansea's second away win in the league this season - and their first at Reading for 25 years.

It was also the second for Rodgers against former clubs after seeing off Watford last month.

Reading, who sacked Rodgers after only six months last season, had not lost at home since the opening day of the current campaign.

The hosts enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges with Jimmy Kebe delivering dangerous balls into the box from the right.

Shane Long came closest to converting one of them, but sent his header over the bar.

The Swans were struggling to get into the game and were forced into a substitution after 20 minutes when David Cotterill replaced the injured Mark Gower.

It seemed to help the Welsh side though and Nathan Dyer saw a penalty appeal turned down soon after when he appeared to have been pushed over by Royals defender Zurab Khizanishvili.

But it was the home side who were posing more of a threat with Kebe and McAnuff both causing problems, while Jem Karacan and Chris Armstrong saw half-chances go begging.

McAnuff could have had the Royals in front on 33 minutes from a free kick after Angel Rangel had taken out Long.

Ex-Cardiff midfielder McAnuff drilled a fierce 25-yard effort but keeper de Vries tipped it over.

For all their effort, Reading were stung 10 minutes before the break when Swansea took the lead with their first real chance.

Superb vision by Cotterill allowed him to feed the onrushing Sinclair at the edge of the box and the former Chelsea winger rounded Federici and slotted home.

Swansea then controlled affairs up until the break but Reading came out attacking after the re-start with Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanu crossing from the left, but Long could not reach Kebe's knock-down.

Sinclair was a threat at the other end and won a free-kick from Chris Armstrong which Cotterill sent into the wall.

But Brian McDermott's side wasted no time testing the Swansea defence again which in turn allowed the visitors to counter attack.

A superb through ball by Dobbie found Dyer and with no-one else in the box, the ex-Southampton winger rattled the crossbar.

Moments later, Dobbie was set free to charge into the box and Federici had to save with his legs.

Dobbie was denied again on the line by a sprawling Federici as he tried to turn in Cotterill's header from a corner.

Swansea needed a goal as Reading pressed and they felt they should have had a penalty on the hour when Alan Tate appeared to handle Long's header.

Noel Hunt and Simon Church were brought on for the home side as they pushed for an equaliser, and the Swans had to deal late pressure through Hunt, Church and Kebe.

But they held on to take all three points and climb above Reading in the table.

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Saturday, 16 October 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Reading 0-1 Swansea FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Sinclair 35

    Reading

    • 01 Federici
    • 02 Griffin
    • 05 Mills
    • 15 Khizanishvili
    • 23 Harte
    • 33 Armstrong yellow card
    • 04 Karacan
    • 11 McAnuff
    • 14 Kebe
    • 19 Robson-Kanu (Hunt 66)
    • 09 Long (Church 76)

    Substitutes

    • 41 McCarthy,
    • 24 Cummings,
    • 26 Pearce,
    • 17 Antonio,
    • 20 Howard,
    • 10 Hunt,
    • 18 Church

    Swansea

    • 01 De Vries
    • 02 Williams
    • 05 Tate
    • 16 Monk
    • 22 Rangel yellow card
    • 08 Pratley yellow card
    • 10 Orlandi
    • 12 Dyer (Serran 85)
    • 21 Sinclair
    • 27 Gower (Cotterill 20 yellow card)
    • 14 Dobbie (Nouble 76)

    Substitutes

    • 25 Ma-Kalambay,
    • 03 Taylor,
    • 17 Serran,
    • 07 Cotterill,
    • 11 Van der Gun,
    • 09 Beattie,
    • 19 Nouble
    Ref: LangfordAtt: 18,418
    READING
    SWANSEA

    Possession

    • Reading 51%
    • Swansea 49%

    Attempts on target

    • Reading 3
    • Swansea 5

    Attempts off target

    • Reading 6
    • Swansea 2

    Corners

    • Reading 14
    • Swansea 2

    Fouls

    • Reading 20
    • Swansea 14
    • Final Result
    • 94:08 The match has reached full-time.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:40 Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, save by Dorus De Vries.
    • 89:39 Ian Harte takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Noel Hunt misses to the left of the goal.
    • 88:15 Zurab Khizanishvili fouled by Frank Nouble, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Alan Tate makes a clearance.
    • 87:16 Frank Nouble challenges Zurab Khizanishvili unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
    • 87:16 Booking David Cotterill receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 85:33 Andy Griffin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Sinclair. Alan Tate takes the direct free kick.
    • 84:03 Ian Harte takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Alan Tate.
    • 84:03 Substitution Albert Serran comes on in place of Nathan Dyer.
    • 81:17 Simon Church has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
    • 80:36 Unfair challenge on Alan Tate by Jimmy Kebe results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
    • 80:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Chris Armstrong. Free kick taken by Darren Pratley.
    • 78:53 Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte, clearance made by Frank Nouble.
    • 78:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrea Orlandi on Noel Hunt. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
    • 77:33 Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save made by Dorus De Vries.
    • 76:30 Frank Nouble concedes a free kick for a foul on Zurab Khizanishvili. Zurab Khizanishvili takes the direct free kick.
    • 75:40 Substitution Simon Church on for Shane Long.
    • 75:40 Substitution Stephen Dobbie goes off and Frank Nouble comes on.
    • 75:02 Darren Pratley challenges Noel Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Harte crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 75:02 Booking The referee shows Darren Pratley a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 71:45 Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, clearance by Garry Monk.
    • 71:20 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line to the near post, Andrea Orlandi makes a clearance.
    • 70:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jem Karacan on Andrea Orlandi. Free kick taken by Alan Tate.
    • 69:14 Effort from the edge of the area by Jimmy Kebe goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 68:42 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line.
    • 67:04 Shane Long challenges Alan Tate unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Williams.
    • 65:52 Substitution Hal Robson-Kanu goes off and Noel Hunt comes on.
    • 64:44 Darren Pratley fouled by Chris Armstrong, the ref awards a free kick. Angel Rangel takes the direct free kick.
    • 63:09 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, Shane Long has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
    • 62:34 Inswinging corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line, clearance made by Alan Tate.
    • 58:34 The offside flag is raised against Nathan Dyer. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
    • 57:33 Corner taken left-footed by Andrea Orlandi from the right by-line, Effort on goal by Stephen Dobbie from 6 yards. Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.
    • 57:08 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill from the left by-line, clearance by Matt Mills.
    • 56:35 Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu on Darren Pratley, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Andrea Orlandi from right wing, Zurab Khizanishvili manages to make a clearance.
    • 56:00 Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
    • 55:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Zurab Khizanishvili on Nathan Dyer. Angel Rangel takes the free kick.
    • 54:17 Inswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff.
    • 53:43 Nathan Dyer takes a shot.
    • 52:19 Andrea Orlandi has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 51:01 Unfair challenge on Dorus De Vries by Matt Mills results in a free kick. Dorus De Vries restarts play with the free kick.
    • 50:33 Nathan Dyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Harte. Ian Harte crosses the ball in from the free kick, Garry Monk manages to make a clearance.
    • 49:06 Darren Pratley concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Direct free kick taken by Matt Mills.
    • 47:48 Unfair challenge on Scott Sinclair by Chris Armstrong results in a free kick. David Cotterill shoots direct from the free kick, blocked by Zurab Khizanishvili.
    • 47:48 Booking Booking for Chris Armstrong for unsporting behaviour.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:11 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 44:13 Chris Armstrong concedes a free kick for a foul on David Cotterill. Darren Pratley takes the direct free kick.
    • 40:28 Chris Armstrong gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Pratley. Direct free kick taken by Garry Monk.
    • 40:05 Shot from 20 yards by Scott Sinclair. Save made by Adam Federici.
    • 38:12 Shot from just outside the box by Jimmy Kebe misses to the left of the target.
    • 35:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Darren Pratley. Dorus De Vries restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:36 Assist on the goal came from David Cotterill.
    • 34:36 GOAL - Scott SinclairReading 0 - 1 Swansea Scott Sinclair finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 0-1 Swansea.
    • 32:57 Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the right by-line, Zurab Khizanishvili gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Angel Rangel. Direct free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
    • 32:40 Shot by Jimmy Kebe. Save by Dorus De Vries.
    • 31:38 Angel Rangel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.
    • 31:38 Booking The referee shows Angel Rangel a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 29:38 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line to the near post, Andrea Orlandi makes a clearance.
    • 29:23 Shot by Jem Karacan. Blocked by Ashley Williams.
    • 28:25 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jimmy Kebe. Dorus De Vries restarts play with the free kick.
    • 26:12 Darren Pratley challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
    • Correction - 25:36 Jem Karacan concedes a free kick for a foul on David Cotterill. Andrea Orlandi takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:36 David Cotterill fouled by Jem Karacan, the ref awards a free kick. Andrea Orlandi takes the free kick.
    • 24:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Pratley by Chris Armstrong. David Cotterill restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:26 Shane Long fouled by Darren Pratley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
    • 21:35 Nathan Dyer fouled by Andy Griffin, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Tate takes the free kick.
    • 19:37 Substitution David Cotterill replaces Mark Gower.
    • 18:09 Garry Monk concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
    • 17:37 Unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Ian Harte results in a free kick. Darren Pratley takes the direct free kick.
    • 16:29 Unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Alan Tate results in a free kick. Andy Griffin takes the direct free kick.
    • 14:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Alan Tate. Andy Griffin takes the direct free kick.
    • 10:05 Shane Long produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
    • 8:04 Foul by Ian Harte on Nathan Dyer, free kick awarded. Andrea Orlandi takes the free kick.
    • 6:23 Inswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Dorus De Vries.
    • 4:52 Chris Armstrong challenges Darren Pratley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Gower takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:32 Corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line, Garry Monk makes a clearance.
    • 0:10 Andrea Orlandi concedes a free kick for a foul on Jem Karacan. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 16 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 11 21 27
    2 Cardiff 11 9 23
    3 Norwich 11 4 20
    4 Swansea 11 3 19
    5 Watford 11 8 18
    6 Ipswich 11 3 18
    7 Coventry 11 2 18
    8 Burnley 11 7 17
    9 Leeds 11 -1 17
    10 Reading 11 4 16
    11 Millwall 11 2 16
    12 Doncaster 11 0 16
    13 Derby 11 6 15
    14 Barnsley 11 -1 15
    15 Nott'm Forest 11 0 13
    16 Hull 11 -6 13
    17 Portsmouth 11 -1 12
    18 Sheff Utd 11 -7 12
    19 Scunthorpe 11 -3 11
    20 Middlesbrough 11 -8 11
    21 Preston 11 -9 10
    22 Leicester 11 -10 9
    23 Crystal Palace 11 -11 8
    24 Bristol City 11 -12 6


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