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Swansea   1 - 0   Reading

Swansea 1-0 Reading

Highlights - Swansea 1-0 Reading

Swansea City climbed up to second in the Championship after Darren Pratley's fifth goal of the season saw off boss Brendan Rodgers' former club Reading.

Midfielder Pratley struck on 65 minutes after Reading failed to clear a free kick, and then Angel Rangel's shot.

Swansea were kept in the game by goalkeeper Dorus de Vries who was in superb form.

The Dutchman pulled off fine saves to deny Alex Pearce, Shane Long and Simon Church.

The win takes Swansea to their highest position for 27 years as they climb up into the automatic promotion places for the first time.

Reading will be disappointed they did not get something from the game after seeing their eight-match unbeaten run ended.

Swansea were the busier of the two sides early on and Andrea Orlandi had an early chance for the home side sending a diving header from Pratley's cross straight into Adam Federici's arms.

But then it was Federici's opposite number Dorus de Vries who was the busier of the two keepers.

First, he denied Alex Pearce with his legs and later the Dutchman produced a fine point-blank save to keep out Long at the near post.

Rodgers delight at Swansea win

The Swans, who lost midfielder Orlandi and defender Neil Taylor to injury in quick succession, had to rely on De Vries again after the restart.

Simon Church was allowed to creep into space and De Vries had to throw himself at the Wales international to prevent him scoring from six yards.

But Swansea grabbed the only goal midway through the second half when Pratley pounced on Rangel's blocked shot to power home after Reading failed to clear a free kick.

The lead was slender and it took two diving saves from Swans captain Garry Monk to make blocks from Jimmy Kebe and Hal Robson-Kanu.

Church missed a glorious chance to level eight minutes from time when he headed Kebe's cross just over the bar.

But as Reading pushed, they were caught on the attack and Sinclair saw a chance saved by Federici saved while sending another wide, and Nathan Dyer had an effort blocked.

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Saturday, 1 January 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Swansea 1-0 Reading FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Pratley 65

    Swansea

    • 01 De Vries
    • 02 Williams
    • 03 Taylor (Serran 28 yellow card)
    • 16 Monk
    • 22 Rangel
    • 08 Pratley
    • 10 Orlandi (Gower 23)
    • 12 Dyer
    • 21 Sinclair
    • 24 Allen
    • 14 Dobbie (Easter 71)

    Substitutes

    • 25 Ma-Kalambay,
    • 17 Serran,
    • 07 Cotterill,
    • 26 Agustien,
    • 27 Gower,
    • 09 Beattie,
    • 49 Easter

    Reading

    • 01 Federici
    • 02 Griffin yellow card
    • 05 Mills
    • 23 Harte
    • 26 Pearce yellow card
    • 07 Tabb (Hunt 80)
    • 14 Kebe
    • 19 Robson-Kanu (Antonio 71)
    • 20 Howard yellow card
    • 09 Long
    • 18 Church

    Substitutes

    • 41 McCarthy,
    • 15 Khizanishvili,
    • 24 Cummings,
    • 04 Karacan,
    • 17 Antonio,
    • 25 Taylor,
    • 10 Hunt
    Ref: HooperAtt: 14,329
    SWANSEA
    READING

    Possession

    • Swansea 55%
    • Reading 45%

    Attempts on target

    • Swansea 11
    • Reading 5

    Attempts off target

    • Swansea 2
    • Reading 5

    Corners

    • Swansea 3
    • Reading 9

    Fouls

    • Swansea 20
    • Reading 14
    • 90:00+1:27 Shot by Scott Sinclair from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
    • 90:00+0:27 Albert Serran concedes a free kick for a foul on Michail Antonio. Brian Howard takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Dyer on Simon Church. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 88:23 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 87:46 Corner taken by Simon Church from the left by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Harte on Dorus De Vries. Direct free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
    • 85:24 Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Mills.
    • 84:34 Unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Jermaine Easter results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
    • 84:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Dyer on Ian Harte. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.
    • 83:33 Simon Church has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
    • 81:04 Scott Sinclair produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 80:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Church on Mark Gower. Free kick taken by Mark Gower.
    • 79:04 Substitution (Reading) makes a substitution, with Noel Hunt coming on for Jay Tabb.
    • 77:00 Mark Gower takes the outswinging corner, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Mills by Garry Monk. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
    • 76:33 Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Mills.
    • 75:55 Foul by Matt Mills on Jermaine Easter, free kick awarded. Mark Gower takes the direct free kick.
    • 72:37 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard from the right by-line to the near post, Matt Mills produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 72:30 Unfair challenge on Matt Mills by Jermaine Easter results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Mills.
    • 70:21 Ashley Williams challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Ian Harte from the free kick.
    • 70:21 Substitution Hal Robson-Kanu goes off and Michail Antonio comes on.
    • 70:21 Substitution Jermaine Easter comes on in place of Stephen Dobbie.
    • 67:55 Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Blocked by Garry Monk.
    • 66:28 Simon Church has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 64:22 Brian Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Pratley.
    • 64:22 GOAL - Darren PratleySwansea 1 - 0 Reading Darren Pratley fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Swansea 1-0 Reading.
    • 63:45 Booking Brian Howard receives a caution.
    • 58:57 Unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu by Nathan Dyer results in a free kick. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.
    • 57:48 Corner taken by Simon Church from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Dorus De Vries by Matt Mills results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
    • 52:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Alex Pearce. Mark Gower takes the free kick.
    • 52:26 Booking The referee shows Alex Pearce a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 51:47 Simon Church takes a shot. Save made by Dorus De Vries.
    • 48:22 Garry Monk fouled by Shane Long, the ref awards a free kick. Garry Monk takes the free kick.
    • 47:51 Matt Mills fouled by Stephen Dobbie, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:35 Corner taken right-footed by Joe Allen from the left by-line, clearance by Matt Mills.
    • 47:21 Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Mills.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:19 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • Correction - 45:00+1:52 Mark Gower concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Kebe. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+1:52 Mark Gower concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Kebe. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick,
    • 45:00+1:30 Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Griffin.
    • 45:00+0:39 Albert Serran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
    • 45:00+0:39 Booking Albert Serran goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 44:46 Angel Rangel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Andy Griffin takes the free kick.
    • 41:14 Brian Howard takes the inswinging corner, Albert Serran makes a clearance.
    • 40:48 Jimmy Kebe fouled by Angel Rangel, the ref awards a free kick. Jimmy Kebe takes the direct free kick.
    • 40:10 Hal Robson-Kanu fouled by Albert Serran, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.
    • 39:09 The referee blows for offside against Jimmy Kebe. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.
    • 38:37 Foul by Darren Pratley on Brian Howard, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
    • 36:29 Shot by Stephen Dobbie from 12 yards. Comfortable save by Adam Federici.
    • 35:39 Shot from just outside the box by Shane Long misses to the right of the target.
    • 33:09 Handball by Brian Howard. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mark Gower, Shane Long makes a clearance.
    • 30:20 Ian Harte concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer. Direct free kick taken by Garry Monk.
    • 29:15 Corner taken short by Jimmy Kebe.
    • 28:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Gower on Jimmy Kebe. Andy Griffin takes the direct free kick.
    • 27:02 Substitution Neil Taylor goes off and Albert Serran comes on.
    • 22:27 Substitution Mark Gower is brought on as a substitute for Andrea Orlandi.
    • 21:11 Unfair challenge on Darren Pratley by Matt Mills results in a free kick. Scott Sinclair produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Adam Federici makes a comfortable save.
    • 19:55 Jimmy Kebe is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick.
    • 18:20 Corner taken by Brian Howard from the right by-line, Dorus De Vries makes a save.
    • Correction - 18:07 Brian Howard takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
    • 18:07 Brian Howard takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
    • 17:35 Brian Howard takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Andrea Orlandi.
    • 16:36 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Church from the left by-line, Alex Pearce takes a shot. Clearance by Joe Allen.
    • 15:46 Andrea Orlandi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Tabb. Matt Mills takes the free kick.
    • 14:26 Andrea Orlandi takes a shot. Darren Pratley gets a block in.
    • 13:36 Hal Robson-Kanu challenges Angel Rangel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrea Orlandi takes the free kick.
    • 12:11 Darren Pratley challenges Brian Howard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
    • 11:05 Ian Harte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Angel Rangel. Free kick taken by Garry Monk.
    • 8:52 Corner from the left by-line taken by Simon Church, Shane Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neil Taylor. Free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
    • 7:08 Free kick taken by Scott Sinclair.
    • 7:08 Booking Andy Griffin shown a yellow card.
    • 6:58 Foul by Andy Griffin on Scott Sinclair, free kick awarded.
    • 5:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Taylor on Jimmy Kebe. Centre by Brian Howard, Shane Long takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
    • 4:34 Foul by Ashley Williams on Shane Long, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jimmy Kebe.
    • 4:15 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Garry Monk.
    • 3:44 Andrea Orlandi takes a shot. Comfortable save by Adam Federici.
    • 2:53 Darren Pratley takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Pearce.
    • 2:17 Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Matt Mills gets a block in.
    • 1:31 Corner taken left-footed by Andrea Orlandi from the left by-line, Jimmy Kebe manages to make a clearance.
    • 0:33 Foul by Shane Long on Angel Rangel, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Garry Monk.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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