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Reading 1-0 Preston North End

John Swift scores the first goal of the season for Reading
Swift, who joined the Royals in the summer, scored with a crisp strike

Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam celebrated his first competitive match in charge of Reading with a deserved victory over Preston.

Midfielder John Swift, signed from Chelsea in the summer, missed with an early chance but eventually marked his debut with a goal when he swept home Garath McCleary's corner.

Deniss Rakels headed wide and was also denied by Preston's Anders Lindegaard.

PNE midfielder Daniel Johnson had a shot saved after the break.

And North End, who changed formation at the restart, did contribute more to the match in the second 45 minutes.

But the Royals looked more dangerous throughout and ensured that Stam, who succeeded Brian McDermott as Reading manager in June, made a winning start to life in the Championship.

It could have been an even more comfortable afternoon for the majority of the 15,764 at the Madejski Stadium when PNE defender Paul Huntington almost sliced the ball into his own net midway through the second half.

North End did the double over the Royals last season but have not won on the opening day since 2008 and must wait at least another year to end that sequence.

Reading manager Jaap Stam: "We had a lot of possession in the first half and dominated the game totally. We created a couple of very good chances but did not finish it off. We should have scored a second goal.

"Some of our play was very good to watch. That's what we're aiming for. You can't do that against every team. But it's hard work and we're not there yet.

"We've only been working for six weeks and you can't achieve miracles in that time. But where the players are at the moment, we're very happy with that."

Preston manager Simon Grayson: "We were two yards off the pace in the first half. When we did press Reading, we didn't press quick enough to stop them from getting into a rhythm.

"We didn't do that as a team and so that was disappointing. And we never really looked a threat going forward, either.

"We're disappointed but it's a lesson to learn. We knew Reading were going to play high-risk football and if it comes off, it's all well and good. But when we did our job, we got into some good areas."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShaneBooked at 36mins
  • 4van den Berg
  • 11ObitaSubstituted forWatsonat 66'minutes
  • 23Williams
  • 8Swift
  • 6EvansBooked at 50mins
  • 12McClearySubstituted forHarriottat 72'minutes
  • 10RakelsSubstituted forKermorgantat 81'minutes
  • 7Beerens

Substitutes

  • 3Cooper
  • 15Harriott
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 19Meite
  • 30Watson
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 38Kelly

Preston

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 16GrimshawSubstituted forBrowneat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5ClarkeSubstituted forHumphreyat 72'minutes
  • 23Huntington
  • 6Wright
  • 3CunninghamBooked at 50mins
  • 12GallagherBooked at 59mins
  • 18Pringle
  • 11Johnson
  • 10Beckford
  • 14GarnerBooked at 48minsSubstituted forHugillat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Humphrey
  • 8Browne
  • 13Doyle
  • 17Spurr
  • 22Maxwell
  • 25Hugill
  • 37Robinson
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
15,764

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Preston North End 0.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Alan Browne (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tennai Watson.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Reading).

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul McShane (Reading).

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

Callum Harriott (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

Callum Harriott (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

Tennai Watson (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Paul McShane (Reading).

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Yann Kermorgant replaces Deniss Rakels.

Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ben Pringle.

Callum Harriott (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jordan Hugill replaces Joe Garner.

Offside, Preston North End. Daniel Johnson tries a through ball, but Jermaine Beckford is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Paul McShane (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Roy Beerens with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Anders Lindegaard.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Tom Clarke because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Callum Harriott replaces Garath McCleary.

Delay in match Tom Clarke (Preston North End) because of an injury.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich11004133
2Ipswich11004223
3Nottm Forest11004313
4Bristol City11002113
5Huddersfield11002113
6Fulham11001013
7Reading11001013
8Rotherham10102201
9Wolves10102201
10Birmingham10100001
11Brighton10100001
12Cardiff10100001
13Derby10100001
14Aston Villa00000000
15Leeds00000000
16QPR00000000
17Sheff Wed00000000
18Burton100134-10
19Brentford100112-10
20Wigan100112-10
21Newcastle100101-10
22Preston100101-10
23Barnsley100124-20
24Blackburn100114-30
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