Swansea 2 Reading 2: Swans storm back to deny Royals a precious victory
16:32 GMT, 6 October 2012
Reading are still without a Premier League win this season after throwing away a two-goal lead at Swansea.
The Royals went 1-0 up against the run of play in the 31st minute when goalkeeper Michel Vorm allowed Pavel Pogrebnyak's shot to slip beneath him and in.
Heading for a comeback: Michu scores Swansea's first goal
Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer (Pablo 62), Britton, Michu (De Guzman 86), Ki, Routledge,
Graham (Moore 46).
Subs not used: Tremmel, Tate, Tiendalli, Shechter.
Goals: Michu 71, Routledge 78.
McCarthy, Shorey, Mariappa, Gorkss, Cummings, McAnuff, Karacan, Tabb (Robson-Kanu 89),
Kebe, Pogrebnyak (Le Fondre 80), Hunt (Roberts 73).
Subs not used: Stuart Taylor, Pearce,
Booked: Mariappa, Tabb, Hunt.
Goals: Pogrebnyak 31, Hunt 44.
Referee: Mike Dean.
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They then doubled their advantage a
minute before the break as Noel Hunt beat Vorm with a tidy volley, but
Swansea continued to dominate play in the second half and after Michu
converted a 71st-minute header, Wayne Routledge's fierce strike drew the
contest level in the 78th minute.
Overall, Reading were lucky to come
away with a point in the end, with the hosts being thwarted by a
succession of excellent saves from Royals stopper Alex McCarthy – who
twice sent efforts onto the post – and also having a strong-looking
penalty claim for handball dismissed towards the end.
It did take a goal-line clearance at
the death from Swansea captain Ashley Williams to keep out Jem Karacan's
header, though, and Reading will feel a fair degree of disappointment
at missing this opportunity to end a winless top-flight streak which now
extends to six games.
The Swans, meanwhile, have stopped their rot, having lost their previous three Premier League games going into the match.
The Welsh outfit had made a bright
start, creating several decent chances in the opening 20 minutes.
Williams – named this week as the new Wales skipper – nodded off target
three times while Danny Graham saw a header turned over the bar by
McCarthy, who also batted away a shot from Routledge.
Pure delight: Reading players celebrate Noel Hunt's goal
Eye for goal: Hunt fires home to put Reading 2-0 ahead
Routledge then played a one-two with
Nathan Dyer and struck an effort that was blocked by Adrian Mariappa,
with replays suggesting a suspicion of handball. Reading had shown
little going forward, but just after the half-hour mark they snatched
the lead as Pogrebnyak latched on to a through-ball from Jobi McAnuff
and hit an effort at Vorm.
It should have been a routine save for the
Dutchman but instead, it somehow sneaked beyond him and into the net.
My ball: Jimmy Kebe battles with Swansea's Wayne Routledge at the Liberty Stadium
Swansea looked to make a swift
response and Ki Sung-yueng drilled into the arms of McCarthy from
distance, but in the 44th minute Reading struck again. A McAnuff shot
looped up off Angel Rangel and Hunt was on hand to lash the ball past
Swans boss Michael Laudrup reacted by
substituting Graham at the interval for Luke Moore, who was straight
into the thick of the action. First, he found himself through one-on-one
with McCarthy but was denied by the goalkeeper's foot. Moore then sent a
header goalwards which McCarthy did superbly to push against the post.
Sent tumbling: Swansea's Michu is tackled by Jay Tabb
Blocking his path: Angel Rangel shields the ball from Reading's Nicky Shorey
McCarthy repeated the trick soon
after by pushing Ki's deflected low shot onto his other upright, and
then got down well to save a Williams header.
He was finally beaten with 19 minutes
to go as Michu powered in a diving header from a deflected Routledge
cross. McCarthy pulled off yet another great stop to keep Moore out, but
Swansea were not to be denied and after Ki robbed Reading of
possession, a forward break was rounded off by Routledge's firm finish.
The hosts cried out for a penalty
when Nicky Shorey appeared to block Pablo Hernandez's shot with his arm
in the box, but play went on and the late drama continued as Williams
jumped on the line to nod away Karacan's header after another
uncharacteristic Vorm error.
Heads up: Ashley Williams battles with Reading's Adrian Mariappa
Tough tackling: Chico Flores battles with Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak