New recruit John Swift brings Jaap Stam’s Reading quick return to beat Preston

Jaap Stam won the treble during his first season as a player in England, and although the former Manchester United defender’s first campaign as a manager in the country cannot end in similar glory, there was plenty in this debut here to encourage fans of the Dutchman’s new club. Reading, 17th in the Championship last season, played with style and purpose and deservedly beat Preston thanks to a cunningly worked goal by another impressive new signing, John Swift.

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