Reading are a team in top form at the moment as they recorded one of the close football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Things looked different in the first period as Barnsley produced one of their best halves of the season but could not find the net despite creating a number of chances. John Swift scored his eighth goal of the season in the 77th minute, to extend their streak to six wins from seven matches. Barnsley on the other hand has failed to win any of their last nine games.

Managers Reaction

Reading’s Veljko Paunovic: “It finally worked for us. It was a fantastic pass from Scott Dann and an amazing execution from John.” he added. “It was a well-deserved win and the team worked really hard and was really mature. We started well, played some really good football and created with some very quick actions in our build-ups. We took the ball into the final third and created good opportunities. Maybe we got stuck with our finishing, I think we have to improve that.”

Barnsley’s Markus Schopp: “I saw a Barnsley team that tried its best in a difficult situation to get the best result. When you are in a situation like we are right now, it’s not that easy. I don’t know how many times we tried to get in Reading’s box to finish well, to get a goal. But it just didn’t happen. It’s a film that we have already seen so many times this season.”

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