Swansea City’s seven-game unbeaten streak at home in the Championship came to an end as they lost 3-2 to Reading.
Jamie Paterson gave the hosts an early lead, though some lackluster defenses proved costly as goals from Tom Dele-Bashiru and Andy Carroll put the Royals ahead.
Ryan Manning equalized shortly after half-time, although Danny Drinkwater’s first goal since 2017 saw the Berkshire side win all three points as Russell Martin’s men were beaten at Swansea Stadium. com for the first time since their 3-1 loss to Stoke City in August.
The hosts made three changes to the squad that started the 2-0 triumph over Barnsley on Wednesday night, with Rhys Williams securing his first league start since a 3-3 draw against Luton Town in September as Ben Cabango missed the game.
Olivier Ntcham and Manning started in place of Flynn Downes and Jake Bidwell who both fell on the bench as Martin sought to keep his team cool.
And the Swans made a dream start as Paterson latched onto Korey Smith’s defensive pass before rounding goalie Luke Southwood and scoring his eighth goal of the campaign – despite Andy Yiadom’s best efforts on the field. line.
But they were tied down a minute later when John Swift picked Dele-Bashiru who had plenty of room to attack before cutting in and drilling past Ben Hamer.
This served as an early appetizer for what turned into an engrossing contest, with both sides looking to retain possession and move forward in numbers when possible.
Carroll steered before the quick Ntcham and Joel Piroe both pulled in from the edge of the reading area.
Swansea believed they had regained the lead midway through the first half as Piroe scored Ethan Laird’s cross, although the offside flag was quickly raised.
And they must have regretted the lack of a flag at the other end soon after as Carroll rushed forward to reach Drinkwater’s long ball before scoring his first goal for Reading and only his third goal in the last four seasons.
It was a telling reminder of the 32-year-old’s ability to use his stature to inflict serious damage at the commercial end of the pitch, although how the conceded goals proved to be incredibly difficult for Martin to take.
Kyle Naughton offered to help those attacking as Swansea looked to get back to the same level, but they trailed at the break after Matt Grimes took a free kick straight at Southwood.
Swansea showed his intention early on in the second half, and moments after choosing not to shoot, Manning netted his first goal for the club in a spectacular fashion to make it 2-2.
But, as it did in the first half, Swansea’s defense went haywire, and after Dele-Bashiru’s low shot hit the post, Drinkwater shot the rebound into the net just 70 seconds after the sumptuous effort by Manning.
The warning signs were there for the Swans, and Hamer had to make a nice fingertip save to stop Josh Laurent’s effort on the hour mark before Yiadom broke wide.
Downes replaced Smith as Swansea looked to consolidate things at the back while also offering to give themselves a platform to return to the contest.
The pace was quickly picked up by Martin’s troops, and after Grimes’ raucous effort was superbly repelled by Southwood, Ntcham failed to beat the Reading keeper in what sparked an all-powerful melee. in the area of the Royals.
Veljko Paunović’s side fell deeper, which allowed Swansea to manifest at will – Piroe testing Southwood before Liam Cullen was sent for Ryan Bennett.
Hamer denied Swift late before both Piroe and Naughton made an effort, although the Swans couldn’t find a late equalizer as they only suffered their second home league loss of the campaign.
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City of Swansea: Hamer; Bennett (Cullen 82), Naughton, Williams; Laird, Grimes (C), Ntcham, Manning; Smith (Downes 63), Paterson; Piroé.
Unused subscribers: Benda, Latibeaudiere, Cooper, Bidwell, Walsh.
Goals: Paterson 3, Manning 49
Yellow card: Laird 83
Reading: Southwood; Yiadom (C), Rahman, Holmes, Dann, Drinkwater, Laurent, Dele-Bashiru, Halilovic (Azeez 66), Swift, Carroll (Puscas 81).
Unused subtitles: Rafael, Abrefa, Ashcroft, Tetek, Camara.
Lenses: Dele-Bashiru 4, Carroll 30, Drinkwater 50
Yellow cards: Carroll 74, Swift 86, Puscas 89
Referee: Tony Harrington
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