The Swans halted a run of three successive defeats and left Brian McDermott wondering how his side managed to surrender a comfortable two goal lead. Michael Laudrup’s men looked well beaten as the visitors went 2-0 and looked odds on to record their first victory since returning to the top-flight.
Reading were indebted to Alex McCarthy for keeping the host’s at bay during the early stages, saving from new Wales captain Ashley Williams before tipping over a powerful header from Danny Graham and denying Michu.
At the opposite end Michel Vorm was rarely troubled and his first significant contribution to the game was to pick the ball out of the net after letting Pavel Pogrebnyak’s effort squirm under his body after the Russian striker was played in by Jobi McAnuff.
That unsettled the home side and Reading profited once again just a minute before half time. A snap shot from McAnuff wickedly spun off Angel Rangel and dropped nicely for Noel Hunt to expertly volley across Vorm. Laudrup threw Luke Moore on for Graham after the break but he was denied by the excellent McCarthy, who did superbly to keep out Ki Sung-Yeung’s deflected strike.
But with 18 minutes remaining the Royal’s stopper was finally beaten as Michu flew in at the back post to connect with a Wayne Routledge cross for his sixth goal of the season. Routledge turned from provider to goalscorer seven minutes later, playing a neat one-two with Moore before firing past McCarthy to complete the comeback.
Both sides had chances to win the game with Pablo Hernandez clipping the ball narrowly over the bar and Jem Karacan seeing his effort cleared off the line by Williams.