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Swansea City 1-1 Reading

Borja puts Swansea ahead against Reading
Spanish striker Borja has scored six goals for Swansea City so far this season

Swansea City missed out on a return to the top of the Championship table as Reading scored in the last minute to draw 1-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Borja put Steve Cooper's team ahead after just three minutes.

But Swansea's failure to extend their lead cost them dear when Andy Yiadom fired home the equaliser in the last minute.

The goal meant Jose Gomes' team avoided a fourth straight league defeat - and left Swansea frustrated.

Swansea's 1-0 loss in their last home game, against Nottingham Forest a fortnight ago, was a first league reverse on their patch since Aston Villa won in south Wales on Boxing Day 2018.

Forest were also the first visiting since side Villa to stop Swansea scoring at the Liberty - but Reading's attempts to follow suit did not last long.

Connor Roberts played the ball down the line for Andre Ayew, who delivered the perfect centre for Borja to glance home a header.

Swansea's Andre Ayew in action against Reading
Andre Ayew sees his attempt at goal blocked by Reading goalkeeper Rafael Cabral and Jordan Obita

Swansea were looking good going forward, with George Byers firing just wide in the early stages, although Reading carried a threat too as George Puscas scooping over from close range.

Lucas Joao, an early substitute for the injured Tyler Blackett, forced Freddie Woodman into a routine save before Reading keeper Rafael Cabral made a much sharper stop to deny Ayew.

Reading were lucky not to lose a man just before half-time when Lucas Boye, who had already been booked for chopping down Roberts, escaped with a ticking-off after a blatant pull-back on Matt Grimes as the Swansea skipper attempted a counter.

In need of a response, the Royals pressed higher up the field at the start of the second period and Swansea were knocked out of their stride for a spell.

Yet it was the home side who created the clearer chances, with Roberts' shot deflecting over George Byers seeing two efforts blocked.

Reading did threaten when Ovie Ejaria broke through on the left, but his shot was saved at the near post.

Substitute Sam Surridge then pulled an effort wide at the other end, and Reading took advantage in the 90th minute as good work from the impressive Joao teed up Yiadom and he drove the ball beyond a helpless Woodman.

Swansea City head coach Steve Cooper told BBC Sport Wales: "It's a frustrated dressing room after conceding a goal so late on.

"To be fair to Reading they did play some good stuff in the second half, but we did manage to keep them away from the goal in terms of shooting position so to concede late on is disappointing.

"I think we're also disappointed after a good start, not just by getting the goal but within our play, that we didn't capitalise on it.

"I did think we created some good chances to go 2-0 or possibly 3-0 up and that's equally as frustrating as conceding late on."

Reading manager Jose Gomes: "I am happy because from the bench I could watch my team playing good, positive football.

"I am happy with my players today, but I think the way we controlled and kept the ball in the offensive half during the second half, we should even score more goals.

"It would be really unfair to go back to Reading without any points.

"If we play that game you don't know the name of the two teams, you could not say Swansea has 10 points more than Reading."

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 27Woodman
  • 23Roberts
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 4Rodon
  • 26Naughton
  • 6FultonSubstituted forCarrollat 82'minutes
  • 8Grimes
  • 22A Ayew
  • 28Byers
  • 10CelinaSubstituted forGarrickat 77'minutes
  • 9BastónSubstituted forSurridgeat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Dyer
  • 14Carroll
  • 19Surridge
  • 20Wilmot
  • 21Dhanda
  • 25Mulder
  • 41Garrick

Reading

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 6MooreBooked at 48mins
  • 4Morrison
  • 24BlackettSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 21'minutes
  • 17Yiadom
  • 10Swift
  • 8RinomhotaBooked at 73mins
  • 14Ejaria
  • 11ObitaSubstituted forRichardsat 82'minutes
  • 47Puscas
  • 18BoyéBooked at 27minsSubstituted forBarrettat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 16McIntyre
  • 21Olise
  • 27Richards
  • 29Tuncará Gomes
  • 31Lucas João
  • 39Barrett
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
16,036

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamReading
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 1, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, Reading 1.

Attempt saved. Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Grimes.

Foul by Omar Richards (Reading).

Jordan Garrick (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 1, Reading 1. Andy Yiadom (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas João.

Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Tom Carroll (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Sam Surridge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by George Byers with a cross.

Attempt saved. Michael Morrison (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Omar Richards with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Tom Carroll replaces Jay Fulton.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Omar Richards replaces Jordan Obita.

Jay Fulton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas João (Reading).

Attempt saved. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas João.

Foul by Jordan Garrick (Swansea City).

Lucas João (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joe Rodon (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by George Byers with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Sam Surridge replaces Borja Bastón.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jordan Garrick replaces Bersant Celina.

Bersant Celina (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Booking

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Borja Bastón (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andy Rinomhota (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Freddy Woodman.

Attempt saved. Ovie Ejaria (Reading) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Swansea City).

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. André Ayew (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by André Ayew (Swansea City).

John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Puscas (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Borja Bastón (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. George Byers (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. George Byers (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Roberts.

Attempt blocked. George Byers (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Connor Roberts (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bersant Celina.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Connor Roberts.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom95401710719
2Swansea9531136718
3Nottm Forest9531148618
4Leeds9522135817
5Preston95221710717
6Charlton9522128417
7Sheff Wed9513158716
8Bristol City94411612416
9QPR95131414016
10Fulham9432147715
11Blackburn94141010013
12Cardiff93421112-113
13Birmingham9414912-313
14Derby92521113-211
15Hull92431313010
16Luton93151417-310
17Millwall9243712-510
18Middlesbrough9234913-49
19Brentford822456-18
20Reading92251012-28
21Wigan9225815-78
22Barnsley8125412-85
23Huddersfield9027818-102
24Stoke9027920-112
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