In a week in which the Royal family gained another member, the 'Royals' gained very little. After a disappointing midweek defeat to League One side Bristol City, Reading were beaten 3-0 by a strong Swansea side on Saturday.
Reading started the game the better with Drenthe testing Michel Vorm after a neat one-two with Le Fondre. It was Swansea, though, who took the lead on 11 minutes. Michu's stabbed shot that hit a Reading defender before trickling passed the sprawling Alex McCarthy. It was a comedy goal to go with some farcical Reading defending.
Michael Laudrup was showing off some new signings to the travelling supporters and Wilfried Bony the £12 million man went close, he was denied by an agile Alex McCarthy. Swansea continued to push but failed to increase their lead in the first half.
Nigel Adkins brought on Hope Akpan at half time and he was straight in to the action heading over after a well-placed Drenthe cross. Reading seemed a better team in the second half but Jonjo Shelvey, another new Swansea signing, made it 2-0, 10 minutes in to the second half, he was given too much space by the Reading defence and slotted the ball passed McCarthy.
Still Reading pushed and Akpan found himself in another promising position but shot into the side netting. Moments later it was 3-0, Bony playing Hernandez in, the Spaniard made no mistake placing the ball under McCarthy.
There was little action after that and manager Nigel Adkins will be disappointed that no-one could find a finish to some decent Reading midfield play. It seems that the Royals will need to sign another striker before their season gets underway next weekend.
For Swansea, it is looking very good next season, Laudrup's side were clinical and could be a very strong force in the Premier League, they were streaks ahead of Reading today. Next up for the Swans is a Europa League qualifier against Swedish side Malmo on Thursday.
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