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

Reading's manager Jaap Stam

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 enough in this debut to encourage the Dutchman and fans of his new club. Reading, 17th in the Championship last season, played with verve and purpose and deservedly beat Preston thanks to a fine goal by another impressive new signing, 21-year-old midfielder John Swift.

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Reading's manager Jaap Stam

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 enough in this debut to encourage the Dutchman and fans of his new club. Reading, 17th in the Championship last season, played with verve and purpose and deservedly beat Preston thanks to a fine goal by another impressive new signing, 21-year-old midfielder John Swift.