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22:15 18th August 2009

Dominant Swans held by Reading

The Swans picked up their first point of the season with a dominant home display against Reading.

Paulo Sousa's side would have been extremely disappointed at not taking all three after creating a host of chances against Brendan Rodgers' Royals.

The best of the game fell to Mark Gower in the first-half as he saw his penalty saved by Adam Federici while Man of the Match Stephen Dobbie was unlucky with a number of opportunities.

Kerry Morgan was handed his Football League debut as Paulo Sousa made just one change to the side that lost against Middlesbrough.

The 20-year-old forward, who can also play out wide, came in to replace Shaun MacDonald who dropped to the bench.

He made his Swans debut as a late substitute in the Carling Cup win over Brighton seven days earlier and was the latest youth product to be given a chance by Sousa.

Swans: Dorus de Vries; Angel Rangel, Garry Monk(C), Ashley Williams, Alan Tate; Leon Britton, Andrea Orlandi, Mark Gower (Shaun MacDonald, 90+3), Kerry Morgan, Nathan Dyer (Jazz Richards, 90+3), Stephen Dobbie (Gorka Pintado, 80').

Not Used:David Cornell (GK), Marcos Painter, Chad Bond, Casey Thomas.

Reading: Adam Federici, Liam Rosenior, Kalifa Cisse, Matt Mills, James Henry (Jay Tabb, 78'), Simon Church, Hal Robson-Kanu, Jem Karacan (James Harper, 59'), Ryan Bertrand, Alex Pearce, Scott Davies (Noel Hunt, 46').

Not Used: Brynjar Gunnarsson, Shane Long, David Mooney, Ben Hamer (GK).

Attendance: 12,775 Away: 432

Referee: S Hooper (Wiltshire)

This game took a little time to get going with neither side testing both goalkeepers inside the first seven minutes.

Angel Rangel's attempted pass to send Mark Gower down the right-hand side had too much weight on it while Jem Karacan's dangerous ball into the area was cleared by Ashley Williams.

Reading applied the first batch of pressure with a series of corners, the first of which was cleared again by Williams while Karacan's second effort was punched clear by Dorus de Vries.

And it was the visitors that had the game's first attempt, which came after 13 minutes, though midfielder Scott Davies was way off target with his effort.

The Swans were handed their first chance two minutes later, a free-kick after Stephen Dobbie had been held back by Alex Pearce 20-yards from goal.

Andrea Orlandi stepped-up, struck the ball left footed but saw it hit the Royals' wall.

But the home side were handed another chance with a set-piece midway through the half as referee Simon Hooper pointed to the spot for a penalty.


Mark Gower's corner was flicked on by Alan Tate and handled by Kalifa Cisse, the linesman raised his flag and the penalty was awarded.

Midfielder Gower stepped-up by Reading's 'keeper Adam Federici guessed the right way to palm the ball out for a corner.

Orlandi's first flag-kick was deflected wide but Garry Monk met the second with a thunderous header only to send it wide.

Sousa's men offered an instant response as Orlandi was gifted possession in midfield and found Dobbie in front of him, the Scottish front-man picked out Morgan on the left and received the ball back before striking across goal and wide.

But he came even closer 11 minutes before the break, chesting down an Alan Tate throw and taking a touch before unleashing a half volley straight at Federici but the Australian stopper was at hand to push the shot wide.

Kerry Morgan struck twice over the top in the closing stages and the score remained goalless as the referee brought the first-half to a close.

Half-Time: Swans 0 Reading

It was as you were at the start of the second-half for the Swans while Reading made one switch with Noel Hunt coming on for Scott Davies.

The home side started brightly as they attempted to orchestrate attacks down both flanks but it was Reading that created the first opportunity seven minutes in with Hal Robson-Kanu skipping past Nathan Dyer before firing high and wide into the North Stand.

Tempers flared moments later following Robson-Kanu's challenge on Nathan Dyer which led to a brawl between both sets of players.

The midfielder went off for treatment and wasn't booked but the official did produce yellow cards for Ashley Williams, Angel Rangel and Reading's Kalifa Cisse for the part they played in the brawl.

As the game passed the hour mark Alan Tate and Andrea Orlandi both had the Swans' better efforts, despite both flying high and wide of Federici's goal.

Reading substitute Noel Hunt, meanwhile, fired a fierce free-kick into the wall which Tate cleared for a throw-in, but as the ball was put back into the area Hunt flashed a header across the face of goal and just past the post.

Stephen Dobbie was showing his class on the night and came close to breaking the deadlock 21 minutes from the end.

Fine build-up play involving Orlandi and Dyer led to the ball finding Dobbie outside the area, the striker turned two of his markers before beating Federici with a low drive which whistled inches wide.

And debutant Kerry Morgan certainly didin't look out of place as he twisted and turned his way past Liam Rosenior to feed Orlandi in the centre, the ball got away from the former Barcelona youngster but within 30 seconds Dobbie was through on goal only to shoot wide yet again.

The pressure was certainly on the visiting side as the Swans carved out another effort on 74 minutes, Orlandi trying his luck from 20-yards but again the ball dropped the wrong side of the woodwork.

Luck just wasn't on Swansea's side as they carved out another attempt on goal three minutes later, Morgan and Tate playing a neat one-two down the left with the latter's cross finding the head of Dyer who leaped to deflect the ball wide.

Paulo made his first change of the game 10 minutes from time as Gorka Pintado made a straight swap with Dobbie, unlucky not to find his first league goal for the club, in attack.

The Swans continued their onslaught and the story of near misses continued with Morgan cutting inside after winning back possession, shooting across Federici's path but inches wide yet again.

Reading could have snuck a dramatic later winner with Rosenior finding Hunt five-yards from goal but de Vries was at hand to deny the Irishman's header while fellow sub Jay Tabb pulled his strike across the face of goal in the second of six added minutes.

Nathan Dyer missed a glorious chance in front of goal following fine work by Morgan down the left and it was to be his last contribution as he was replaced by Jazz Richards.

Mark Gower also made way for Shaun MacDonald but the home side were unable to build on their dominance and were held to a goalless draw.

    Data provided by Press Association