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Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Reading

Blackburn and Reading played out a stalemate that saw the Royals drop out of the Championship play-off places.

David Dunn's deflected effort came back off the post before Tom Cairney twice brought saves from visiting keeper Alex McCarthy.

The Royals felt they should have had a penalty when Chris Gunter went down under the challenge of Grant Hanley in the area but he was booked for diving.

Kaspars Gorkss headed over for Reading from close range as it ended level.

Rovers, who were looking to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat by Brighton in their last game, recalled veteran Dunn and his effort flicked off Gorkss before coming back off the woodwork.

McCarthy stopped Cairney scoring with a fine fingertip save before Pavel Pogrebnyak headed wide for Reading.

Nigel Adkins was furious when his side were not awarded a penalty at the start of the second period and his mood would not have improved when Pogrebnyak fired wastefully over when well placed.

Cairney went close with a free-kick and Gorkss should have won it after a corner fell to him three yards out.

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer:

"I thought the first-half display was very dominant, we were totally in control and their goalkeeper has pulled out an unbelievable save. David Dunn hit the post, Tom Cairney danced through and shot straight at the goalkeeper. I was delighted with our display.

"Reading changed formation to try and get into the game then made a double substitution at half-time so that was enormous credit to how we were in the first half.

"I thought it was a very tough second half for both teams. The standard of football at times was very good."

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Post match: Reading manager Adkins

Reading boss Nigel Adkins:

"It was a penalty. It was an obvious decision but I can't control it. It's that obvious for everybody, I don't need to say anything.

"The referee gives the decision and you've got to get on with it. The frustrating thing is we've got a player in Chris Gunter who's as honest as the day is long and he's got a booking which is totally wrong.

"We can't appeal it, can't get it rescinded and it could affect us later on in the season.

"He's picked up a card now that will go against his name and reputation and it's totally wrong."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 34Kean
  • 2Kane
  • 3SpurrBooked at 29mins
  • 17Williamson
  • 5Hanley
  • 16Dann
  • 45Cairney
  • 6Lowe
  • 11Rhodes
  • 8DunnSubstituted forTaylorat 66'minutes
  • 7KingSubstituted forRochinaat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kilgallon
  • 12Marshall
  • 13Eastwood
  • 19Taylor
  • 23Rochina
  • 25Judge
  • 27Henley

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2GunterBooked at 53mins
  • 3Kelly
  • 20Guthrie
  • 5Pearce
  • 17GorkssBooked at 87mins
  • 12McClearySubstituted forBlackmanat 88'minutes
  • 6BairdSubstituted forWilliamsat 45'minutes
  • 9Le FondreSubstituted forAkpanat 45'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 37ObitaBooked at 25mins

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 11McAnuff
  • 14Sharp
  • 16Akpan
  • 22Blackman
  • 23Williams
  • 25Taylor
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
12,903

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamReading
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Reading 0.
Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).
Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Scott Dann.
Attempt saved. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Chris Taylor.
Offside, Reading. Alex McCarthy tries a through ball, but Nick Blackman is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Garath McCleary.
Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Delay in match Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) because of an injury.
Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.
Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).
Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Rubén Rochina (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Williamson.
Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).
Rubén Rochina (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Rubén Rochina replaces Joshua King because of an injury.
Foul by Danny Guthrie (Reading).
Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.
Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Scott Dann tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.
Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers).
Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).
Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Alex Pearce following a corner.
Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.
Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).
Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).
Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.
Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).
Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Stephen Kelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces David Dunn.
Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers).
Attempt missed. Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Dunn with a cross following a set piece situation.
Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).
Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.
Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).
Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lee Williamson.
Attempt missed. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.
Attempt blocked. Hope Akpan (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Pearce.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Scott Dann.
Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Scott Dann.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.
Hope Akpan (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley1610511735
2Leicester1611231035
3QPR1610511035
4Blackpool16772528
5Nottm Forest16763727
6Leeds16826526
7Derby16745725
8Reading16673525
9Brighton16664524
10Watford16655623
11Wigan15645422
12Ipswich16556220
13Huddersfield16556120
14Blackburn16556120
15Bolton16475-419
16Bournemouth16538-1018
17Millwall16457-1217
18Middlesbrough16376016
19Doncaster15447-1016
20Birmingham16439-515
21Charlton15357-714
22Sheff Wed15186-711
23Barnsley16259-1611
24Yeovil162311-149
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