Ryan Manning making most of positive intent
Ryan Manning hopes he can continue to show his attacking abilities after opening his goalscoring account for Swansea City against Reading.
The Republic of Ireland international produced a moment of magic to bring the Swans level against the Royals, sending a right-footed volley arcing over keeper Luke Southwood into the far corner of the net on what was his 40th appearance for the club.
The goal followed on the back of his lovely assist for Olivier Ntcham’s opener at Barnsley, which was his fourth of the season already.
The fact that Manning has been able to register so many assists whilst playing predominantly as a centre-back is indicative of the positive brand of football under Russell Martin.
And, while Manning has also performed strongly in his defensive responsibilities, he has enjoyed the chance to show what he can do further forward.
“I gave it a go and sometimes it goes into row z, sometimes it goes into the top corner,” he said of the goal.
“It would have been even better had we gone on to win, but it wasn’t to be and we have to learn the lessons from that.
“I enjoy the chance to get on the ball, I play to try to create in the left wing-back position, where I’m trying to produce a final ball for a team-mate.
“So, I’m buzzing to have got an assist and goal in the last two games, and I hope I can continue to build on that and give more.”