Past meetings | Reading v Swansea City

21st July
First team

As Swansea City prepare to head to the Madejski Stadium to take on Reading on Wednesday (7.30pm), we take a look back on some memorable contests between the sides in Berkshire.

Here, we bring you games from the Championship along with a League Cup clash and a Division Four showdown from the 1970s.

Reading 1 Swansea City 4

Championship – Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Swansea City welcomed in 2019 in style at Madejski Stadium with a thumping victory over a stunned Royals side on New Year's Day.

Nearly 2,000 travelling Jacks raised their glasses to Graham Potter’s men with Connor Roberts, Mike van der Hoorn and an Oli McBurnie double sparking the celebrations.

It was Swansea’s biggest away win in the league since May 2016 when they beat West Ham by the same scoreline.

McBurnie nodded them ahead inside two minutes, with Roberts doubling the advantage on the half-hour from a Leroy Fer knockdown.

Van der Hoorn steered in a free-kick just before the break, with McBurnie adding his second from the spot in the second half.

Callum Harriott’s strike was little consolation for the shell-shocked hosts.

Reading 0 Swansea City 2

League Cup - Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

The Swans sealed their place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after two second-half goals saw off Reading.

In a closely-fought encounter at the Madejski Stadium, Alfie Mawson volleyed home Renato Sanches’ corner after 52 minutes before sub Jordan Ayew sealed victory late on.

The first half was a hard-fought affair, with the visitors having a Luciano Narsingh goal ruled out for a foul in the build-up.

But they took the lead when Mawson’s deflected volley found the net early in the second period.

And Leroy Fer then sent Ayew racing away late on to ensure passage to the next round.

Reading 0 Swansea City 1

Championship – Saturday, October 16, 2010

Scott Sinclair

Scott Sinclair’s first-half strike moved the Swans into the top six after a first victory at Reading for 25 years.

The hosts dominated the early stages of the contest with Shane Long heading over from close range, while Jobi McAnuff saw a vicious free-kick beaten away by Dorus de Vries.

Facing his former club, Swans boss Brendan Rodgers was also forced into making an early substitution as Mark Gower limped off injured after just 20 minutes to be replaced by David Cotterill.

Nevertheless, Cotterill made a swift impact as the visitors took the lead against the run of play. The winger showed great vision with a precise pass to pick out Sinclair, who rounded Adam Federici before slotting into the empty net.

The Swans went in search of a second after the break with Nathan Dyer rattling the crossbar, while Stephen Dobbie drew a smart save out of Federici.

However, Sinclair’s ninth goal in 10 games was enough for the visitors to claim a second away win of the season.

Reading 1 Swansea City 1

Championship – Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Swans ended a run of five straight league defeats at Reading by claiming a hard-earned point during the festive period.

Fresh off the back of a 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday seven days previously, Paulo Sousa’s men made a strong start as Nathan Dyer and Andrea Orlandi drew good saves out of Adam Federici.

However, the Swans’ persistence eventually paid off with Orlandi feeding Darren Pratley, who broke the deadlock with his third goal in two games.

The lead lasted just nine minutes though, as future Swans player Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled the score after brilliantly curling a 25-yard free-kick into the bottom corner beyond the dive of Dorus de Vries.

Both sides had chances after the break with Sigurdsson and Grzegorz Rasiak firing off target for the hosts, while Gorka Pintado saw a header well-saved for the Swans.

Lee Trundle also had a goal ruled out for offside as the visitors pushed for a winner but, in the end, they were forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

Reading 1 Swansea City 4

Division Four – Friday, March 24, 1978

The Swans edged closer to promotion with a commanding victory over the Royals.

Under the guidance of player-manager John Toshack, the visitors went into this showdown off the back of a 3-1 home win against Stockport County the previous week.

And they built on that momentum with Robbie James netting twice from the penalty spot, while top scorer Alan Curtis was on target for the third match running and left-back Steve Morris completed the rout.

It was the second victory of a run of six straight wins for the Swans, who went on to seal what would be the first of three promotions in the space of four years.

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