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Swansea City 2-3 Reading: Swans' seven-game unbeaten home league run ends after topsy-turvy Championship encounter

Swansea City's seven-game unbeaten run at home in the Championship was brought to an end as they lost 3-2 to Reading.

Jamie Paterson fired the hosts into an early lead, although some lacklustre defending proved costly as goals from Tom Dele-Bashiru and Andy Carroll saw the Royals go ahead.

Ryan Manning struck a sweet equaliser shortly after half time, although Danny Drinkwater's first goal since 2017 earned the Berkshire outfit all three points as Russell Martin's men were beaten at the Stadium for the first time since losing 3-1 to Stoke City in August.

The hosts made three changes to the side that started the 2-0 triumph over Barnsley on Wednesday night, with Rhys Williams being handed his first league start since the 3-3 draw with Luton Town in September as Ben Cabango missed out.

Olivier Ntcham and Manning started in place of Flynn Downes and Jake Bidwell who both dropped to the bench as Martin looked to keep his side fresh.

And the Swans made a dream start as Paterson latched on to Korey Smith's defence-splitting pass before rounding goalkeeper Luke Southwood and firing home his eighth goal of the campaign - despite the best efforts of Andy Yiadom on the line.

But they were pegged back just a minute later as John Swift picked out Dele-Bashiru who had plenty of space to attack before cutting inside and drilling beyond Ben Hamer.

It served as an early appetiser for what turned into a gripping contest, with both sides looking to retain possession and get forward in numbers when possible.

Carroll headed over before the lively Ntcham and Joel Piroe both had efforts from the edge of the Reading box.

Swansea thought they had re-taken the lead midway through the first half as Piroe tapped home Ethan Laird's cross, although the offside flag was swiftly raised.

And they were left to rue the lack of a flag at the other end soon after as Carroll burst forward to reach Drinkwater's long ball before lashing home his first goal for Reading and only his third goal in the last four seasons.

It was a telling reminder of the 32-year-old's ability to use his stature to inflict serious damage at the business end of the pitch, although the manner of the goals conceded will have proven incredibly difficult for Martin to take.

Kyle Naughton offered his assistance to those in attack as Swansea looked to get back on level terms, but they trailed at the break after Matt Grimes fired a free-kick straight at Southwood.

Swansea showed their intent from the outset in the second half, and moments after opting against taking a shot, Manning volleyed home his first goal for the club in spectacular fashion to make it 2-2.

But, as was the case in the first half, Swansea's defence went haywire, and after Dele-Bashiru's low strike hit the post, Drinkwater rifled the rebound into the net just 70 seconds after Manning's sumptuous effort.

The warning signs were there for the Swans, and Hamer had to produce a fine fingertip save to keep out Josh Laurent's effort on the hour mark before Yiadom drilled wide.

Downes replaced Smith as Swansea looked to shore up things at the back while also bidding to give themselves a platform to get back into the contest.

The tempo was soon lifted by Martin's troops, and after Grimes' rasping effort was superbly kept out by Southwood, Ntcham failed to beat the Reading goalkeeper in what triggered an almighty scramble in the Royals' box.

Veljko Paunović's side dropped deeper which allowed Swansea come forward at will - with Piroe testing Southwood before Liam Cullen was sent on for Ryan Bennett.

Hamer denied Swift late on before Piroe and Naughton both had efforts, although the Swans were unable to find a late equaliser as they suffered only their second home league loss of the campaign.

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Swansea City: Hamer; Bennett (Cullen 82), Naughton, Williams; Laird, Grimes (C), Ntcham, Manning; Smith (Downes 63), Paterson; Piroe.

Subs not used: Benda, Latibeaudiere, Cooper, Bidwell, Walsh.

Goals: Paterson 3, Manning 49

Yellow card: Laird 83

Reading: Southwood; Yiadom (C), Rahman, Holmes, Dann, Drinkwater, Laurent, Dele-Bashiru, Halilovic (Azeez 66), Swift, Carroll (Puscas 81).

Subs not used: Rafael, Abrefa, Ashcroft, Tetek, Camara.

Goals: Dele-Bashiru 4, Carroll 30, Drinkwater 50

Yellow cards: Carroll 74, Swift 86, Puscas 89

Referee: Tony Harrington

Attendance: 16,980

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