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Swift On The Bench For Must Win Match

16 April 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

John Swift will be on the bench as he makes his latest return from injury as Reading take on Cardiff City at the Madejski Stadium this evening. The match is live on Sky Sports and kick-off is at 6pm. The Royals must win the match to keep in touch with the top six as they currently find themselves in seventh place - five points behind both Bournemouth and Barnsley with just five games left to play.

With Reading still to play Swansea and Norwich before the end of the season, nothing but a win will do tonight and it is likely that even that won't be enough after Reading's poor form has seen them drop out of the top six.

Omar Richard is fully fit and will be back in the starting eleven in place of Lewis Gibson, and Lucas Joao will make a start after being dropped to the bench for Reading's last two fixtures. Joao was on the scoresheet earlier this season as the Royals won 2-1 at Cardiff - back when we were top of the Championship. Puscas failed to take Reading's best chance against Watford and will find himself back on the bench for Cardiff's visit.

Reading Team: Rafael, Yiadom, Holmes, Moore, Richards, Laurent, Rinomhota, Ejaria, Olise, Joao, Meite. Subs: Southwood, Gibson, Esteves, Tetek, Semedo, Aluko, Puscas, Baldock, Swift.

Reading are unbeaten in their last ten games against Cardiff.

Recent Matches with Cardiff:

26 September 2020 Cardiff (Away) Championship W: 2-1 Report... 0 1 M Morrison, L Joao
04 February 2020 Cardiff (Away) FA Cup D: 3-3 Report... 4832 - O Richards, A Rinomhota, Y Meite
31 January 2020 Cardiff (Away) Championship D: 1-1 Report... 22518 15 Y Meite
25 January 2020 Cardiff (HOME) FA Cup D: 1-1 Report... 12798 - Y Meite
18 August 2019 Cardiff (HOME) Championship W: 3-0 Report... 14252 17 G Puscas, G Puscas, J Swift
06 May 2018 Cardiff (Away) Championship D: 0-0 Report... 32478 20
11 December 2017 Cardiff (HOME) Championship D: 2-2 Report... 16670 14 C Paterson, M Barrow
28 January 2017 Cardiff (HOME) Championship W: 2-1 Report... 18558 3 J Swift, Y Kermorgant
27 August 2016 Cardiff (Away) Championship W: 1-0 Report... 15013 15 Y Kermorgant
19 March 2016 Cardiff (HOME) Championship D: 1-1 Report... 17407 17 G McCleary
07 November 2015 Cardiff (Away) Championship L: 0-2 Report... 15414 8
04 April 2015 Cardiff (HOME) Championship D: 1-1 Report... 17953 19 P Pogrebnyak
24 January 2015 Cardiff (Away) FA Cup W: 2-1 Report... 11750 - O Norwood, H Robson-Kanu
21 November 2014 Cardiff (Away) Championship L: 1-2 Report... 20643 15 M Hector


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» 13 Apr 2021 15:44

When : Friday 16 April 2021, 6pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161

The fight for points goes on and another game that Reading really must not lose hoves into view and this week it’s the turn of Cardiff City to take their chances at the Mad Stad.

The Bluebirds have been a bit of everything this season, starting off as OK but nothing spectacular they hit a dreadful run of defeats which saw Neil Harris replaced by the wily Mick McCarthy and it was no real surprise that his arrival saw the club start collecting points like they were going out of fashion and consequently getting talked up as play off hopefuls. However the necessary game of catch-up appears to have caught up with them recently and they are now on a run of 0 wins in 3 games and 1 win in the last 7 but that win was at Swansea so they remain capable if Reading do not do their homework on them properly.

Kieffer Moore is the right royal pain in the neck that Reading will need to be particularly watchful of as he has bagged 16 goals from his 37 appearances. Then there’s Joe Ralls and Will Vaulks who seem to be regular nuisances to Reading plus Cardiff’s ex Reading contingent of Sean Morrison and Leandro Bacuna. Finally we should all be able to see what we missed as one time rumoured Reading target, Perry Ng, joined Cardiff in January and has pretty much played every game since.

Sean Morrison should have recovered from injury for Cardiff while Reading will hope to finally be able to name John Swift in the matchday squad. Tom McIntyre and Michael Morrison remain sidelined though Omar Richards should return to the starting XI.

And, finally, it's on the telly and so Reading will be trying for their 7th win from the last 27 games live on Sky.


John “no Reading wins” Brooks


04 Nov 20 > Reading 0-3 Preston North End
04 Jan 20 > Reading 2-2 Blackpool (FA Cup 3)
27 Apr 19 > Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading
09 Feb 19 > Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Reading
26 Jan 18 > Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Reading (FA Cup 4)
23 Dec 17 > Reading 1-2 Burton Albion


Cardiff are one of those fairly regular opponents of Reading with games stretching all the way back to Southern League days. Since joining the FL though there have been 61 league games with this game being the 31st at home against them. Of the previous 30 games Reading have won 13 and drawn 11 with the remaining 6 games going the way of the Welsh

Reading though have not been having the best of times at home against Cardiff recently as only 2 wins have been mustered from the last 11 games in all competitions though most of those games finished as 1-1.

Finally, Reading are really cr@p at keeping clean sheets in home league fixtures against Cardiff having managed only one in the last 19 attempts.

How to follow the game

  1. Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes

  2. Ring/text a mate for updates

  3. Use an iFollow subscription

  4. BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)

  5. It’s on SKY


» 13 Apr 2021 16:11

that's not a bluebird on the crest, nothing like.

It's a swallow of some sort.

We should refuse to fulfill the fixture, and request the League give us the three points.

 Mid Sussex Royal

» 13 Apr 2021 19:05

I fear a defeat here and season over, similar to the Boro game recently, we just don't cope with these type of sides like the other top sides have been able to. Seen some of their games on Sky since McCarthy took over and they are 1980's style direct, like Dave Basset and Howard Wilkinson's sides back then, think McCarthy actually played under Wilkinson.

They actually have some good players, but midfield is completely bypassed as any throw ins in our half will be hurled into the box by Vaulks with the big centre halves coming forward, and the keeper takes all dead ball situations in their half and kicks long to Moore.

Its fine when you are winning and the fans tolerate it but when the results go the other way they soon get restless as happened at Ipswich and indeed at Reading all those years ago under Branfoot, despite the Simod success and promotion to the second tier.

Don't get me wrong its can be effective as a plan b or to counter opposition on occasion but generally (agree not always) the sides that go up are possession based sides.


» 13 Apr 2021 19:28

Anything other than a win and the season is done.


» 13 Apr 2021 22:25

And if we win you can say the same again on Tuesday against Luton....and so on until its over :D :D :D

 Snowflake Royal

» 14 Apr 2021 08:37

The season is done when maths says so.

Don't know why you're all so frantic, we wouldn't win the POs anyway.


» 14 Apr 2021 19:55

Think it’s important to go out of the season on a bit of a high whether we get 6th or not

Would really like to see us win this at least 3 of the last 5


» 15 Apr 2021 09:30

To any Cardiff fans or officials who might be lurking let me say this. Swansea can still fall out of the play-offs, it's unlikely but it could still happen, so it is in your best interest to lose to us tomorrow.

Thank you for your time.

 Tobin Pinkler

» 15 Apr 2021 12:34

I think we'll get a draw tomorrow and that will be it for the season.


» 15 Apr 2021 15:00

Sean Morrison has failed to recover sufficiently and will miss the game tomorrow as will long term absentee Lee Tomlin.


» 15 Apr 2021 15:06

Not that I ever want to wish an injury on anyone, but this prick always scores against us, so I am not unhappy he isn't playing tomorrow :lol:

 Mid Sussex Royal

» 15 Apr 2021 17:34

Tomlin must be one of the few players in the league who's injured more than Swift

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