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Barnsley Fans Verdict: Swift Earns Royals All Three Points

How the fans reacted to another vital win for Reading, their fifth in six games.

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What a turnaround we’ve witnessed from Veljko Paunovicand the players in the past six weeks. From having the leakiest defence in the Championship, to conceding just three in our last six games is a hell of an achievement. Yet again, on Saturday we showed proper grit in defence to grind out another important victory.

The performance, in general, wasn’t that great. Particularly early on in the second half when the visitors really put their foot on and came close on a couple of occasions. However, we managed to stand strong when, perhaps earlier on in the season we wouldn’t have.

It always helps too when you’ve got one of the best players in the league, if not the best, at the other end of the pitch too. Once again it was Swifty who stole the show, with a wonderful solo goal (with a handy assist from Scott Dann it has to be said).

All in all, a successful afternoons work. Three points, a clean sheet but still a lot to work on moving forwards, but the signs of improvement are clear for all to see. Here’s how the fans reacted to the Barnsley victory...

Dann and Danny

There were solid performances all over the pitch on Saturday, but Scott Dann and Danny Drinkwater were the pick of the bunch for the Royals fans.

It’s clear for everybody to see that Danny Drinkwater is too good for this league. There is a reason that he’s had the career he's had, but things just haven’t gone his way really since his move for Chelsea.

For Scott Dann, Saturday was his first start for us but you can see that the experience and intelligence he has in abundance will only do us good going forward. And if he can keep channelling his inner Andrea Pirlo every now and then too, that would be great.

The fans heaped praise on the pair on Twitter after the game...

John Swift

Although it wasn't perhaps his best all-round performance of the season, it was Swift who stole the headlines once again. This man is playing on another level to the majority of the Championship this season, and his goal on Saturday proved that once again.

He is showing of the ruthlessness of a seasoned striker, whilst combining that with the technical ability we all know he possesses. He’s in the form of his life, and long may it continue. What a player.

Here’s how the fans reacted to his superb goal...

Another big win

After the near disastrous beginning to the season, which saw us end the first run of games with one of the worst performances I think I’ve ever seen from a Reading team at Huddersfield, to get to where we are now as a team is hugely impressive.

Although the impending points deduction still looms large, the players are doing a very good job of keeping our minds off that as fans. We look like a proper team now, one that is organised, structured and sprinkled with that little bit of quality.

Saturday was another big win, and one that kept the feel good factor around the club going, which is a really, really good feeling...

Conclusion

A very, very satisfying win. If you can win games when you’re not at your best, that’s always the sign of a good team. There’s still a lot to work on of course, but the improvement we’ve made in six weeks is massive and huge credit has to go to Paunovic and the players.

The signings have all been fantastic, none more so than Danny Drinkwater who has added something to our team that we’ve missed for far too long. He just oozes class and can run a game from that quarter back position.

The signs are good. Onwards and upwards.

URZ