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  • Date:01 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance:14,329
  • Pratley (64)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92mins

Shot by Scott Sinclair from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

91mins

Albert Serran challenges Michail Antonio unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Brian Howard.

91mins

Simon Church fouled by Nathan Dyer, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.

88mins

Inswinging corner taken by Simon Church, Unfair challenge on Dorus De Vries by Ian Harte results in a free kick. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick.

86mins

Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Matt Mills gets a block in.

85mins

Jermaine Easter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.

85mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Dyer on Ian Harte. Ian Harte takes the free kick.

84mins

Header from close range by Simon Church clears the bar.

82mins

Effort from inside the area by Scott Sinclair misses to the left of the target.

81mins

Unfair challenge on Mark Gower by Simon Church results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Gower.

80mins

Noel Hunt replaces Jay Tabb.

77mins

Outswinging corner taken by Mark Gower from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Garry Monk on Matt Mills. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.

77mins

Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Mills.

76mins

Matt Mills challenges Jermaine Easter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Gower.

73mins

Corner taken by Brian Howard from the right by-line to the near post, Matt Mills has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.

73mins

Unfair challenge on Matt Mills by Jermaine Easter results in a free kick. Matt Mills restarts play with the free kick.

71mins

Stephen Dobbie goes off and Jermaine Easter comes on. Michail Antonio comes on in place of Hal Robson-Kanu. Ashley Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Ian Harte has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

68mins

Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Garry Monk gets a block in.

67mins

Simon Church produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

64mins

Brian Howard goes into the referee's book. Darren Pratley grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Swansea 1-0 Reading.Brian Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Pratley.

59mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Dyer on Hal Robson-Kanu. Ian Harte takes the free kick.

58mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Church, free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Mills on Dorus De Vries. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick.

53mins

The referee cautions Alex Pearce for unsporting behaviour. Alex Pearce challenges Nathan Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Gower takes the free kick.

52mins

Simon Church takes a shot. Dorus De Vries makes a save.

49mins

Foul by Shane Long on Garry Monk, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Garry Monk.

48mins

Foul by Stephen Dobbie on Matt Mills, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.

48mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Allen from the left by-line, Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.

48mins

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Mills.

47mins

Mark Gower challenges Jimmy Kebe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick,

47mins

Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Andy Griffin gets a block in.

46mins

Albert Serran is cautioned. Hal Robson-Kanu fouled by Albert Serran, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.

45mins

Unfair challenge on Shane Long by Angel Rangel results in a free kick. Andy Griffin restarts play with the free kick.

42mins

Inswinging corner taken by Brian Howard, clearance by Albert Serran.

41mins

Angel Rangel concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Kebe. Jimmy Kebe takes the direct free kick.

41mins

Hal Robson-Kanu fouled by Albert Serran, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.

40mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jimmy Kebe. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.

39mins

Darren Pratley challenges Brian Howard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Griffin takes the direct free kick.

37mins

Shot by Stephen Dobbie from 12 yards. Save by Adam Federici.

36mins

Shane Long produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

34mins

Brian Howard is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Gower, clearance by Shane Long.

31mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Ian Harte. Garry Monk restarts play with the free kick.

30mins

Jimmy Kebe decides to take a short corner.

29mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Mark Gower. Andy Griffin takes the direct free kick.

28mins

Albert Serran is brought on as a substitute for Neil Taylor.

23mins

Mark Gower on for Andrea Orlandi.

22mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Pratley by Matt Mills. Scott Sinclair produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Adam Federici.

20mins

Jimmy Kebe is caught offside. Dorus De Vries restarts play with the free kick.

19mins

Inswinging corner taken by Brian Howard, save by Dorus De Vries.

19mins

Brian Howard takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.

19mins

Brian Howard takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

18mins

Corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard from the right by-line to the near post, Andrea Orlandi makes a clearance.

17mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Simon Church, Alex Pearce takes a shot. Clearance made by Joe Allen.

16mins

Andrea Orlandi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Tabb. Matt Mills takes the direct free kick.

15mins

Andrea Orlandi takes a shot. Darren Pratley gets a block in.

14mins

Angel Rangel fouled by Hal Robson-Kanu, the ref awards a free kick. Andrea Orlandi takes the direct free kick.

13mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Pratley on Brian Howard. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.

12mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Angel Rangel by Ian Harte. Garry Monk restarts play with the free kick.

9mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Simon Church, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Taylor by Shane Long. Direct free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.

7mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Griffin on Scott Sinclair. The referee cautions Andy Griffin for unsporting behaviour. Scott Sinclair restarts play with the free kick.

5mins

Neil Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Kebe. Brian Howard produces a cross, Shane Long takes a shot. Dorus De Vries makes a comfortable save.

5mins

Ashley Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Jimmy Kebe takes the free kick.

5mins

The official flags Simon Church offside. Indirect free kick taken by Garry Monk.

4mins

Andrea Orlandi takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.

3mins

Darren Pratley takes a shot. Alex Pearce gets a block in.

3mins

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Matt Mills gets a block in.

2mins

Corner taken by Andrea Orlandi, Jimmy Kebe manages to make a clearance.

1mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Angel Rangel. Garry Monk takes the direct free kick.

The match gets underway.

The ref blows to end the first period.

The referee gets the second half started.

The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

Match Preview

Rodgers ponders more changes Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers is again likely to rotate his line-up as he looks to complete a league double over former employers Reading. Rodgers made a massive six changes for Tuesday`s 1-0 triumph over Barnsley from the side smashed 4-0 at QPR on Boxing Day. The former Royals boss, who triumphed 1-0 at the Madejski Stadium in October, insisted the switches were not as a result of the heavy Loftus Road defeat but part of a pre-arranged plan to utilise his squad over the hectic festive period. The likes of Garry Monk, Joe Allen and Scott Sinclair were all dropped to the bench against the Tykes and are likely to be restored this weekend. Striker Jermaine Easter was one of those who came in to make what was his first start for City and he will be hoping to retain his place having grabbed the only goal to see off Mark Robins` side. One player who will definitely be missing at the Liberty Stadium is left-back Alan Tate who has seen the appeal against his Boxing Day dismissal at QPR turned down, meaning Neil Taylor is likely to step in. Simon Church is pushing for a start after stepping off the bench to fire in a late equaliser at Hull on Tuesday and is hoping to dislodge fellow strikers Shane Long or Noel Hunt in Brian McDermott`s line-up. Club captain Ivar Ingimarsson (hamstring) completed 90 minutes for the reserves earlier this month and the defender could be involved for the first time this season. His Icelandic compatriot Brynjar Gunnarsson (knee) is also back in training but the defensive midfielder is not expected to start. McDermott has no other injury problems as he looks to build on an eight-match unbeaten streak. Rodgers lasted just 23 games in charge of the Royals before he was sacked last December.

Formation:451Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Swansea

Formation: 442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

  • Dorus De Vries
  • Ashley Williams
  • Neil Taylor
  • Garry Monk
  • Angel Rangel
  • Darren Pratley
  • Andrea Orlandi
  • Nathan Dyer
  • Scott Sinclair
  • Joe Allen
  • Stephen Dobbie
  • SUBS
  • Yves Ma-Kalambay
  • David Cotterill
  • Craig Beattie
  • Albert Serran
  • Kemy Agustien
  • Mark Gower
  • Jermaine Easter

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Match Report

Swans take spoils in tight contest Swansea edged a tight affair against Reading 1-0 to climb up into second place in the npower Championship and hand manager Brendan Rodgers a league double over his former employers. Darren Pratley grabbed the only goal of the game in the 65th minute to inflict a first defeat in nine games on a visiting Royals side who enjoyed the majority of the chances and deserved a point but were repeatedly denied by keeper Dorus de Vries. Simon Church also headed over from six yards late on when presented with a great opportunity to level matters, before Scott Sinclair came within inches of an injury-time second for the hosts, leaving Swansea celebrating their first double against the Berkshire side for 33 years. City's lofty position in the league table will make pleasant new year viewing for Rodgers, who left the Madjeski Stadium in December 2009 after just over six months in charge in which he managed a mere five league wins. The Northern Irishman made six changes for Tuesday's 1-0 triumph over Barnsley and he made a further four as he continued to rotate his ranks over the hectic festive period. Skipper Garry Monk came back in along with influential trio Sinclair, Pratley and Joe Allen. Reading counterpart Brian McDermott also made four changes - striker Church and midfield trio Hal Robson-Kanu, Brian Howard and Jay Tabb all starting the New Year's Day fixture. There was a pretty ordinary start to proceedings in south Wales but there was nothing routine about Dutchman De Vries 20 minutes in as he made two great stops, coming on the back of his heroics against the Tykes earlier this week. First he threw a leg out to deflect Alex Pearce's stabbed shot wide before scrambling Howard's low drive behind from the resulting corner. De Vries was then at it again just before the break, producing a stunning reaction save to turn wide Jimmy Kebe's flashing low cross-shot from out wide which had taken a strong touch off Shane Long. The second half continued to be a tight affair and it was left for De Vries to once again come to his side's rescue in the 52nd minute with a well-timed block to deny Church on the six-yard line after he had been fed by Long. Swansea were desperately in need of a change of personnel or tactics in a bid to inject some attacking spark with Reading's rearguard holding out. But their breakthrough came in the 65th minute via a set-piece. Mark Gower floated a well-rehearsed deep free-kick to Angel Rangel who chested the ball down before sending a half-volley goalwards which deflected into the path of Pratley and he fired the ball home. Monk soon produced a superb double block to deny Kebe and Robson-Kanu as the visitors went in search of an equaliser. The goal opened the game up but it was still Reading who were creating the better openings and Church should have levelled in the 83rd minute but headed over from Kebe's cross. Nathan Dyer and Sinclair then both missed great chances to add a late second for Swansea, but in the end their wastefulness proved inconsequential.

Form Guide

    LWDLLW
  • Swansea
  • VS
  • Reading
  • DDDWWD

Last Meetings

  • Reading
  • 0 - 1
  • Swansea
  • 16/10/2010
  • Reading
  • 1 - 1
  • Swansea
  • 26/12/2009
  • Swansea
  • 0 - 0
  • Reading
  • 18/08/2009
  • Swansea
  • 2 - 0
  • Reading
  • 17/01/2009
  • Reading
  • 4 - 0
  • Swansea
  • 27/09/2008
  • Reading
  • 1 - 0
  • Swansea
  • 31/01/1931

Top Scorers

Swansea

  • S Sinclair 8
  • S Dobbie 4
  • C Beattie 3
  • D Pratley 3
  • J Allen 2
  • A Rangel 2
  • C Van der Gun 1
  • J Easter 1
  • N Dyer 1

Reading

  • N Hunt 4
  • S Church 4
  • JB Kebe 4
  • S Long 4
  • I Harte 3
  • J McAnuff 2
  • M Mills 2
  • J Karacan 2
  • A Pearce 1
  • H Robson-Kanu 1
  • M Antonio 1

Goals

Swansea

    • Total goals 52
    • Goals per game 29
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Reading

    • Total goals 58
    • Goals per game 35
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 12 (For) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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