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Swansea City Fans Verdict: Boys Against Men

Harry rounds up the reaction after a second-string Reading lost out to a dominant Swansea City.

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I think as soon as the starting XI was released at 7pm on Tuesday evening, most Reading fans braced themselves for a pretty rough 90 minutes. And that’s exactly what happened.

Going into the game I was intrigued as to whether Pauno would risk some of his big players or not, but it was no real surprise when he didn’t. The risk of losing a Swift, a Laurent or a Moore was nowhere near worth taking for a first-round Carabao Cup game.

That meant a heavy burden fell onto the shoulders of the youngsters, most of whom were making their first appearance in a first-team matchday squad. And although the effort of the players couldn't be faltered, the end result was inevitable and the visitors ran out more than comfortable winners.

It would’ve been a beneficial experience for plenty of that squad, who, like I said, were experiencing professional football for the very first time. However, it was another game that underlined the dire need for reinforcements.

Here’s what the fans had to say after witnessing a tough evening of football at the Mad Sta.. sorry, the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

The youngsters

I did fear the worst when I saw the team sheet had been released, and as soon as I saw it, I knew that anything other than a loss would be a good result for the team. It was one hell of a baptism of fire for most of those academy players, however, they do say, you either win or you learn - and this will be a big learning curve.

The experience will end up being a good one. It’s important for any young player to find their level and test themselves, and you cannot fault anyone’s effort or determination. They all clearly wanted to make an impression, but in the end the huge gulf in quality was the difference.

The fans were pretty upbeat about the youngsters though, appreciating their effort and acknowledging it will be a good experience in the long term for all involved...

George Puscas

I think it’s fair to say that Puski has split opinion ever since he stepped through the door in the summer of 2019. He is obviously still very raw, and of course he still has a huge amount to learn and develop within his game - but I for one still believe there is a very good striker in there waiting to be unleashed.

He has come under some stick in recent days due to his performance against Stoke and now his showing on Tuesday evening against Swansea - some stick deserved, some not so deserved in my opinion. I don't think it’s right to judge him on how he played in a team with a vast amount of inexperienced youngsters.

There was mixed reactions towards George on Twitter after the game, some backing him, some not so much...

Need for reinforcements

I have a funny feeling that this is going to be a talking point among the fans after every game for a little while...

It’s clear what we need to do, and that is make some signings. Offers have been made to players if rumours are to be believed, but until the EFL give us that green light, it doesn’t look like we'll be bringing in any new faces in.

Tuesday night brought that need to strengthen to light once again, even if it was the Carabao Cup. It’s just not feasible for that eleven to be our only backups for the entire season. The fans are certainly getting more frustrated by the day as this saga continues to drag on...

Conclusion

A really good effort from all of the youngsters and a night that I hope a) they won’t forget and b) they’ll continue to learn from. However, it was an evening that brought to light once again the need for reinforcements.

I fear for our season if we don’t manage to bring anyone in. I really do. The statement from the club the other day is a start and it’s important to note that it mentioned they were making ‘positive progress’ and were confident that more than enough signings would be made before the end of August. Which is something to be positive about.

Surely the club wouldn’t say something like that if they had nothing to back it up? We’ll see I guess.

Anyways, keep the faith. URZ.