Reading lifted themselves off the foot of the Premier League table with a hard-earned draw against Swansea City at the Madejski Stadium.

The Royals did have the ball in the back of the net but substitute Adam Le Fondre's 74th-minute effort was ruled out for handball.

Laudrup 'happy' with Swansea dominance

Swansea needed a goal-line clearance by Chico Flores to secure a point.

Swans striker Michu, the league's leading scorer with 13 goals, limped off late in the game.

Reading went into the game bottom of the table after seven straight defeats.

And they were on the back foot for the first hour until Le Fondre's introduction.

The striker energised the home team and looked to have scored a vital header. But the referee judged he had deliberately punched the ball into the net and booked him.

Swansea pushed Michu back into the Swansea midfield to accommodate Luke Moore's first start of the season.

Match fact

  • Swansea have collected 11 away points this term - eight more than they had at this stage last season.

Danny Guthrie was in the thick of the action early on, going down in the Swansea box after Flores was dispossessed by Pavel Pogrebnyak, but referee Mike Jones waved away the penalty appeals.

Reading's first attempt on goal came in the 17th minute when Jimmy Kebe sliced a left-foot volley well wide.

They offered little else in attack with lone striker Pogrebnyak looking isolated.

Swansea should have taken the lead on the half hour when Reading defender Chris Gunter chested the ball weakly towards his goalkeeper, but Michu lifted the ball over the bar from six yards.

McDermott buoyed by clean sheet

The Royals gained in confidence after that, but never really threatened before the break.

The introduction of Hal Robson-Kanu and Le Fondre gave the Royals fresh impetus midway through the second half, and the latter was heavily involved as Michel Vorm was tested in the Swansea goal.

But it was the Dutch goalkeeper's opposite number Adam Federici who pulled off the stops of the game, saving brilliantly from Nathan Dyer's diving header and then holding on to a fierce shot by Ki Sung-Yeung.

There was real concern for Swansea when Michu limped off after an innocent-looking off-the-ball collision, but after the game manager Michael Laudrup said the injury wasn't serious.

Then Flores came to the Swans' rescue as he headed a goal-bound Le Fondre volley off the line.

QPR's defeat by West Brom means Reading move to 19th in the table but still six points behind 17th-placed Southampton.

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Reading 0-0 Swansea FT
(HT 0-0)

      Reading

      Substitutes

      Swansea

      Substitutes

      Ref: JonesAtt: 24,050
      READING
      SWANSEA

      Possession

      • Reading 31%
      • Swansea 69%

      Attempts on target

      • Reading 2
      • Swansea 4

      Attempts off target

      • Reading 1
      • Swansea 6

      Corners

      • Reading 6
      • Swansea 4

      Fouls

      • Reading 14
      • Swansea 17
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+4:50 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
      • 90:00+4:11 Foul by Dwight Tiendalli on Hal Robson-Kanu, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Guthrie.
      • 90:00+3:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Williams on Adam Federici. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
      • 90:00+1:56 Jem Karacan concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan de Guzman. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman, save made by Adam Federici.
      • 90:00+0:32 Unfair challenge on Jem Karacan by Itay Shechter results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
      • 89:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu by Jonathan de Guzman. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
      • 86:02 Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the right by-line, Michel Vorm manages to make a clearance.
      • 85:36 Corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line, clearance made by Chico.
      • 85:02 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the right by-line to the near post, Ben Davies manages to make a clearance.
      • 84:38 Shot by Adam Le Fondre. Chico gets a block in.
      • 82:45 Hal Robson-Kanu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dwight Tiendalli. Dwight Tiendalli restarts play with the free kick.
      • 78:32 Substitution (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Itay Shechter coming on for Miguel Michu.
      • 77:53 Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte, Michel Vorm makes a clearance.
      • 76:40 Unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Wayne Routledge results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Pearce.
      • 74:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dwight Tiendalli by Hal Robson-Kanu. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman from right channel, Alex Pearce makes a clearance.
      • 73:40 Booking Adam Le Fondre booked.
      • 73:30 Adam Le Fondre is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Michel Vorm takes the indirect free kick.
      • 72:20 Foul by Ben Davies on Jimmy Kebe, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ian Harte.
      • 70:02 Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan de Guzman. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman from right channel, Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance. Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
      • 66:15 Substitution Jonathan de Guzman is brought on as a substitute for Luke Moore.
      • 66:15 Substitution Kemy Agustien is brought on as a substitute for Leon Britton.
      • 66:15 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adrian Mariappa by Chico. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.
      • 65:55 Corner taken left-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki.
      • 65:34 Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
      • 63:41 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Danny Guthrie, clearance by Michel Vorm.
      • 62:48 Unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Ian Harte results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
      • Correction - 62:11 Ian Harte concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer. Sung-Yeung Ki restarts play with the free kick.
      • 62:11 Ian Harte challenges Nathan Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leon Britton takes the free kick.
      • 60:27 Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
      • 60:27 Substitution (Reading) makes a substitution, with Adam Le Fondre coming on for Pavel Pogrebnyak.
      • 60:27 Substitution (Reading) makes a substitution, with Hal Robson-Kanu coming on for Jobi McAnuff.
      • 60:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Moore on Jobi McAnuff.
      • 57:09 Chico takes the free kick.
      • 57:09 Booking Pavel Pogrebnyak goes into the book.
      • 56:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak on Dwight Tiendalli.
      • 56:34 Ben Davies takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa.
      • 54:58 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Guthrie, clearance by Ashley Williams.
      • 54:35 Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Sung-Yeung Ki gets a block in.
      • 53:24 Booking Booking for Dwight Tiendalli.
      • 53:11 Dwight Tiendalli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff. Danny Guthrie restarts play with the free kick.
      • 50:02 Sung-Yeung Ki has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
      • 48:44 Alex Pearce fouled by Wayne Routledge, the ref awards a free kick. Mikele Leigertwood restarts play with the free kick.
      • 47:21 The referee blows for offside. Adrian Mariappa takes the free kick.
      • 45:28 Dwight Tiendalli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
      • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:04 The ref blows to signal half-time.
      • 45:00+0:25 Shot from just outside the box by Nathan Dyer misses to the right of the goal.
      • 43:36 Ian Harte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer. Leon Britton takes the indirect free kick.
      • 38:51 Nathan Dyer has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
      • 37:21 Danny Guthrie handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Chico.
      • 35:57 Alex Pearce is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michel Vorm.
      • 34:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Ashley Williams. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.
      • 31:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jem Karacan by Sung-Yeung Ki. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.
      • 28:57 Miguel Michu produces a left-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.
      • 26:38 Danny Guthrie challenges Sung-Yeung Ki unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dwight Tiendalli takes the indirect free kick.
      • 24:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chico by Alex Pearce. Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.
      • 23:47 Chico challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Harte.
      • 23:12 The assistant referee signals for offside against Pavel Pogrebnyak. Michel Vorm takes the free kick.
      • 22:33 Foul by Ashley Williams on Pavel Pogrebnyak, free kick awarded. Danny Guthrie restarts play with the free kick.
      • 16:37 Jimmy Kebe has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 15:43 Danny Guthrie fouled by Leon Britton, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte takes the free kick.
      • 14:15 Foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Sung-Yeung Ki, free kick awarded. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the indirect free kick.
      • 11:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adrian Mariappa by Miguel Michu. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
      • 10:49 Corner from left by-line taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
      • 10:12 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ben Davies, Alex Pearce makes a clearance.
      • 9:34 Leon Britton takes a shot. Blocked by Mikele Leigertwood.
      • 7:07 Mikele Leigertwood challenges Leon Britton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Sung-Yeung Ki from the free kick.
      • 6:14 The assistant referee signals for offside against Pavel Pogrebnyak. Chico restarts play with the free kick.
      • 4:38 Miguel Michu has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
      • 4:06 Ian Harte concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the indirect free kick.
      • 3:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jem Karacan on Luke Moore. Leon Britton restarts play with the free kick.
      • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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