Reading Midfielder John Swift Talks Up the Importance of Rearranged Fulham Clash

Published on: 24 January 2017

Reading midfielder John Swift has talked up the importance of the Royals' rearranged fixture with Fulham, after the original match was abandoned at half-time due to adverse weather conditions in the form of thick fog in and around the ground.

Speaking to the "?club's official website, Swift, who was preparing to come on as a substitute in the December 30 game, said: 

"They showed what they can do against us last time. We've got to be at 100% and go into the game like we do for every game "? we know how we want to play and hopefully the result will follow.

"It is a massive game "? every game in the Championship is massive, because everyone wants to be up there fighting to be in the play-offs and chasing everyone that's above them. So it's massive for us, and it'll be massive for them as well.

"We'll play the way we want to play and do our thing in training, and if we can take that with us onto the pitch then hopefully we can walk away with three points.

"I wasn't out there when we played that 45 minutes against Fulham; I was on the bench that game. But the gaffer and his staff will put together our tactics and get us using them on the training pitch, and we'll take that into the game."

"?Swift, who joined Reading in 2016 from Chelsea after loan spells at Rotherham, Swindon and Brentford, has hit five goals and two assists in 22 appearances in all competitions this season, and the 21-year-old will be hoping to help the Royals to stay in the promotion play-off places.

A win over ninth-placed Fulham would propel them nine points apart in the Championship table and stand Jaap Stam's men in good stead at the season's halfway point. "?