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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 18,418) 16th October 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: O Langford

Reading Reading vs Swansea City Swansea

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Rodgers enjoys Reading return

Sinclair strike seals Swansea success

Last Updated: 16/10/10 5:40pm

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Sinclair: Decisive goal

Sinclair: Decisive goal

Swansea edged out Reading 1-0 to give their manager Brendan Rodgers a sweet victory over his former club.

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The crucial moment arrived after 35 minutes when Scott Sinclair got the better of Royals goalkeeper Adam Federici to claim his ninth goal of the season.

Reading tried to fight back but were unable to find an equaliser and as a result slipped below Swansea, who are now fourth in the table.

The hosts made a bright start and had an early appeal for a penalty turned down when Shane Long's header from Ian Harte's corner appeared to strike a Swansea arm.

Republic of Ireland striker Long had the game's first clear opening in the 10th minute but glanced Jem Karacan's cross narrowly over from six yards.

Swansea midfielder Mark Gower hobbled out of the action in the 20th minute and the introduction of his replacement David Cotterill appeared to rally the visitors who had struggled in the early running.

Rodgers' side began to play incisively through the midfield and they started dominating possession.

Nathan Dyer was in impressive touch for the Swans, but referee Oliver Langford was unimpressed when he took a tumble in the Reading penalty area after 25 minutes.

Speculative efforts from Karacan and Hal Robson-Kanu were deflected behind as Reading attempted to maintain a threat, but it came as little surprise when Swansea took the lead 10 minutes before the interval.

A searching pass from Ashley Williams found Cotterill in the Reading half and his through ball picked out Sinclair. The former Chelsea forward rounded Federici and slotted home.

Vigour

Swansea's advantage could have been greater at half-time as Dyer and Stephen Dobbie both dragged wide when well placed.

Brian McDermott's Reading approached the second half with renewed vigour, Robson-Kanu and Jobi McAnuff threatening and probing from wide areas.

But Swansea came agonisingly close to doubling their advantage in the 54th minute.

Dyer exchanged passes with Dobbie to race clear of the Royals backline and his angled shot cannoned back off the crossbar with Federici beaten.

The Australian keeper then saved from Dobbie after he was played through by Andrea Orlandi and the former Queen of the South striker saw another effort hacked off the line following Williams' knock down from a Cotterill corner.

Reading entered the final quarter of the game with a flurry of corners, and Jimmy Kebe should have levelled when a deep delivery evaded everyone and he curled his shot over.

Swansea managed to hang on, but not before substitutes Simon Church and Noel Hunt had headed over from close range.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 14 26
2 Watford 14 26
3 Norwich City 15 26
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
5 Bournemouth 14 24
6 Middlesbrough 14 24
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 15 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6

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