Reading are still without a Barclays Premier League win this season after losing a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw at Swansea City.
The Royals went 1-0 up against the run of play in the 31st minute when Pavel Pogrebnyak’s shot beat goalkeeper Michel Vorm. They doubled their advantage a minute before the break as Noel Hunt beat Vorm with a volley but Swansea continued to dominate play in the second half and after Michu converted a 71st-minute header, Wayne Routledge’s fierce strike drew the contest level in the 78th minute.
That Reading got appoint was in part due to their goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who twice sent efforts onto a post, although it take a goal-line clearance at the end from Swansea captain Ashley Williams to keep out Jem Karacan’s header.
Swansea, meanwhile, stopped their rot, having lost their previous three Premier League games going into the match. They had made a bright start, creating several decent chances in the opening 20 minutes.
Williams, who was named this week as the new Wales captain, nodded off target three times while Danny Graham saw a header turned over the bar by McCarthy, who also batted away a shot from Routledge. Routledge then played a one-two with Nathan Dyer and struck an effort that was blocked by Adrian Mariappa.
Reading had shown little going forward but just after the half-hour mark they snatched the lead as Pogrebnyak latched on to a through-ball from Jobi McAnuff and hit an effort past Vorm.
Swansea looked to make a swift response and Ki Sung-yueng drilled into the arms of McCarthy from distance but in the 44th minute Reading struck again.
A McAnuff shot looped up off Angel Rangel and Hunt was on hand to lash the ball past Vorm.
Swans manager Michael Laudrup reacted by substituting Graham at the interval for Luke Moore, who was straight into the thick of the action. First, he found himself through one-on-one with McCarthy but was denied by the goalkeeper’s foot. Moore then sent a header goalwards that McCarthy pushed against a post.
McCarthy repeated the trick soon after by pushing Ki’s deflected low shot onto his other upright and then got down well to save a Williams header.
He was finally beaten with 19 minutes to go as Michu powered in a diving header from a deflected Routledge cross.
McCarthy pulled off yet another great stop to keep Moore out but Swansea were not to be denied and after Ki robbed Reading of possession, a forward break was rounded off by Routledge’s firm finish.
The hosts cried out for a penalty when Nicky Shorey blocked Pablo Hernandez’s shot in the box but play went on and the late drama continued as Williams jumped on the line to nod away Karacan’s header.
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