Tom Dele-Bashiru continued to show why he deserves Super Eagles chance with a goal for Reading who defeated Swansea City 3-2 in the English Championship on Saturday.

A lively start saw Dele-Bashiru cancel out Jamie Paterson’s opener, before Andy Carroll’s first goal for Reading had them ahead.

Ryan Manning levelled early in the second half, but Danny Drinkwater replied instantly with what proved to be the winner.

Royals boss Veljko Paunovic made three changes to his starting XI, as Alen Halilovic and Tom Holmes both returned to the starting side and Andy Carroll played from the off for the first time. Ovie Ejaria missed out after picking up knock against Sheffield United.

And the game got off to an electric start – both teams on the scoresheet within the first four minutes.

The hosts were the ones to open the scoring; a cleverly disguised pass found Paterson on the run; goalkeeper Luke Southwood rushed out but the midfielder took a touch to round the goalkeeper and slotted in, despite the best efforts of Yiadom on the goal-line.

But the lead lasted less than a minute; the perfect reaction from Reading. Hassling high upfield, the Royals won the ball back in the Swans half and John Swift galloped into space. Dele-Bashiru was free on the left, and cut onto his right boot before lashing past Ben Hamer from close range.

And then the moment we’ve waited for – Carroll’s first Royals goal! And it was sheer composure from the front-man. Danny Drinkwater spotted his run through the centre – Carroll’s first touch as it dropped over his shoulder was sublime. Holding off the challenges of two recovering defenders, he chopped back inside and slotted past Hamer… and deficit turned into a lead!

Swansea put the pressure on instantly with some dangerous passing around the Royals box – yet their leveller was a bit of solo magic. A ball lofted into the area was headed clear by Tom Holmes, but fell plum for Manning to strike a picture perfect volley which gave Southwood no chance.

Level… but not for long. Just like the first goal conceded, it took less than a minute for the Royals to react. Swift’s pressing forced a loose pass, which Dele-Bashiru got on the end of – he struck the woodwork from outside the area, but Drinkwater was alive to the situation to slam in and reestablish a lead for Reading.

Royals attacks were increasingly rare… one almost came off. Azeez’s trickery allowed him to Dele-Bashiru through the middle; he drew a foul, just outside the box and central. Swift’s free-kick was destined for the top corner – but Hamer’s palm turned it away.

Dele-Bashiru’s performance should surely alert national team selectors as the African Cup of Nations preparations will soon kickoff at a yet to named camp.

The attacking midfielder is on a season long loan from Watford.


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