Swansea’s Jake Bidwell has been labelled ‘a shithouse’ for what he did to a Reading fan during the Carabao Cup First Round clash in midweek.
The Welsh outfit won for the first time under Russell Martin as they cruised into the second round thanks to a 3-0 victory at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.
The Swans were beaten at Blackburn on the opening day of the Championship season, so it was vital an impressive performance was put in to ease fans’ initial concerns.
The Royals have now lost two from two in 2021-22 after their weekend defeat at Stoke City.
This was a meeting of two Championship clubs whose squads were short on numbers, Reading have been unable to sign a player this summer as a result of a transfer embargo.
Despite that, boss Veljko Paunovic was able to make 10 changes, with no fewer than seven teenagers in his starting lineup. There were seven more youngsters on the bench, while 17 of Reading’s 18-man squad were products of the club’s academy.
So it may have not have been that surprising of a result, and even though they made making five changes themselves, the more experienced Swansea side dominated.
They went 1-0 up when Joel Latibeaudiere, a centre-back playing in an unusual right wing-back role, got highest at the far post to head Yan Dhanda’s corner into the net.
Joel Piroe, who was on his debut, could have doubled the scoreline but saw a left-foot shot kept out by Luke Southwood before his header drifted wide.
New boss Martin’s desire to keep hold possession was obvious to see as Swansea controlled the ball, though George Puscas’ free-kick did force a save from Steven Benda as Reading rallied before the break.
Southwood’s sharp save then denied Piroe a goal to remember after the Dutchman turned beautifully and beat three men on a sparkling run, but Swansea doubled went 2-0 up from the corner which followed.
Jake Bidwell was there to meet Matt Grimes’ delivery with a header which was blocked on the line, leaving Cabango to head in from point-blank range.
On the 63rd minute, Bidwell could be seen pointing to the scoreboard after a Reading fan threw the ball away instead of gifting it to the player for a throw in.
Swansea City’s Bidwell pointing at the scoreboard after a Reading fan throws the ball away is the type of shithousery we like to see. pic.twitter.com/CWUH2KWJDz
— Football Shithousery (@FootyRustling) August 12, 2021
Of course by this point, it was just Reading delaying the time yet were on the losing side and would have needed a goal quick to get back in the game.
Reading played the final quarter of the game with 10 men after Nelson Abbey limped off with three subs already used, and Swansea secured a victory when Dhanda found summer signing Piroe in the box and he rolled in his first goal in English football.
Reading manager Veljko Paunovic:
“I am very proud of the effort, the mentality and character this generally – majority actually – young team with a few senior players [showed].
“I am very encouraged with their performance. They never lost composure although it was tough for us playing against a team that has much more experience.
“It was good to see the team working hard and never giving up.”
Swansea head coach Russell Martin:
“Really pleased with so much of the stuff we saw tonight. It felt like it was progress from Saturday. I said to the guys ‘no game of football is easy despite the youth of their team’. Ours wasn’t exactly very experienced or very old.
“But they made it easy for themselves in the way they played. The intensity to react when we lost the ball, their aggressiveness when we went to press – there’s so much to be pleased with, but so much to still work on.
“We’re really early on with what we want to do and what we want to be, but I’m very grateful for the players and their willingness to try to do what we’re asking them to do.”
Fans reacted as Swansea’s Jake Bidwell was labelled ‘a shithouse’ for what he did to a Reading fan…
@T_Bishop: “It’s your own time you’re wasting..”
@pouchyboy71: Thick football fans; we like to dish it out but don’t ever give us some back. Embarrassing 😳
@BBladderwrack: Made my morning already 😂
@JuicyJay_ox: Rate that 😂
@CallumReay10; Give him the armband
@rolferoo: Spectator giving it the old school continental arm/fist combo, nice bit of retro abuse there, well handled by the player. Shithousery all round, good stuff.
@GarrochS: You can just tell one of those fans shouted a security guard over after that
@IainWATP: Love it when things like this happen, fans happy to dish it out but go absolutely apeshit when it’s handed back.
@TBSwans: viva la shithouse swans
@TheRealTR19: Chanting “you fat bastard” straight after this was one of the highlights of the night
@SCFC_Rhys2: The Swansea fans were chanting “You Fat Bastard” after he did that. Unreal 😂😂
@WillTruman2: TOP TIER SHITHOUSERY
@Jacksaregoingup: That’s my Jake Bidwell
@mrcollins1986: Hahahhahaha. Football fans are tits 😭😭😭 Look how mad they get
@Jp5Boss: So much time for this
@Kaino_TOH: Some fans are thick as shit 😂
@ben_k_99: Football fans can be incredibly thick sometimes
@LeedsViews: Football without fans is nothing
@scfccharliee: this is fucking class
@SwanseaSher: How to look a complete tool in 3 seconds flat. Plum 🤣
@edward_w97: Some people really don’t think things through do they?
@breezeymitchell: Lool some people get so angry in the stands, like what are you actually gonna do bruv 🤣
@ScottGretton: Why would you throw the ball away if you were losing? 🤷♂️
@tomxrawle: When they get waspy with him after 😂
@___Lonee: Lol why throw the ball away when you’re losing 2-0
@JordanSMonk: Why are the rest of the fans clapping the guy throwing the ball away when they’re 2-0 down? Bunch of morons.
@scfcliam_: got fans on strings two games in. my left back
@RyanLeeMichael: Hahahahaa the reactions from their fans 😂😂
@splutcho: Could you imagine being such a baby as to act like this much of a cunt then get aggy when the player gives some back?
@DI93_: Didn’t even realise Bidwell did this. Legend 😂
@ratchford2k: Fucking inject that
@v_fabtra: Ah, football with fans. How we’ve missed you
@JamesBeck_5: Things you love to see, should be more footballers doing this
@Isaac_P_Firth: Myyyy left back 😍🤣🤣
@kramjm1977: I’m from Reading and this guy is just embarrassing….. what a tool
— TheNotSoChosenOne (@BananaKill55) August 12, 2021