2 JANUARY 2019 10:45

The Swans welcomed the new year in style with a thumping 4-1 victory over Reading at the Madejski stadium.

Nearly 2,000 travelling Jacks raised their glasses to Graham Potter’s men with Connor Roberts, Mike van der Hoorn and an Oli McBurnie double sparking the celebrations.

It was Swansea’s biggest away win in a league fixture since May 2016 when they beat West Ham by the same score line.

Swansea made the perfect start as they took a second minute lead through McBurnie. The visitors worked the ball out wide to Naughton and the right-back delivered a great cross which McBurnie headed home from the edge of the six-yard area.

After a good build up play by E.G. Lewis Group’s player sponsor, Bersant Celina chipped a fantastic ball into Fer inside the area. Fer headed his pass across the face of goal and after McBurnie challenged goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola for the loose ball, Roberts was in support for a simple tap in.

Swansea weren’t finished there as McBurnie won a free-kick on the edge of the area with 45 minutes on the clock.

Matt Grimes drilled in a left foot curler to the far post and central defender Van der Hoorn arrived unmarked to smash his finish home for his second goal in as many games.

After a great first-half, the Swans went 4-0 up a minute later when Routledge was brought down in the box by Andy Yiadom and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

McBurnie picked the ball up and fired home his second of the afternoon.

Reading started to enjoy some good possession with 20 minutes remaining and pulled one back in the 77th minute. A quickly taken free-kick caught the Swans napping and substitute Harriott wriggled free inside the area to fire passed Mulder.

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