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Reading 2-2 Burnley

Reading missed out on the play-offs despite Garath McCleary's spectacular equaliser against Burnley.

The hosts went ahead when Kieran Trippier turned Jobi McAnuff's cross past his own keeper.

But promoted Burnley equalised through Scott Arfield's 15-yard finish before Danny Ings fired the visitors into the lead from the edge of the area.

McCleary's 20-yard volley levelled, but Brighton's late win at Nottingham Forest cost Reading sixth spot.

There were tears among Royals fans at the end as news of Brighton's victory at the City Ground filtered through after the final whistle at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading had started the day in sixth spot, one place and one point above the Seagulls in the Championship table.

But Nigel Adkins's side, relegated from the Premier League last season, will have to start planning for another season in the second tier after an agonising end of the campaign.

The Royals had started against promoted Burnley with all the determination of a team with everything to play for.

They were denied a first-minute penalty by referee Mick Russell after Clarets skipper Jason Shackell appeared to handle a powerful shot by Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak.

But when Trippier turned McAnuff's low cross into his own net, the decibel levels inside the Madejski Stadium increased dramatically.

Their lead lasted only four minutes, Arfield drilling home Burnley's equaliser from 15 yards as Reading paid the price for failing to clear a goal-mouth scramble.

In an entertaining contest, Reading came roaring back.

They were denied a second when Shackell blocked Hope Akpan's powerful shot.

And Clarets keeper Tom Heaton produced a great close-range save to keep out McAnuff's deflected shot before Burnley went ahead for the first time following a delightful move that has been a trademark of their excellent season.

Ings had his back to goal when he collected a disguised pass from Dean Marney on the edge of the Reading box.

But the Clarets number 10 showed his class by finding the corner of the net with a low finish, his 21st league goal of the campaign.

He almost made it 22 right at the end of the first half, only to be denied by Alex McCarthy when one on one with the Reading keeper.

McCleary's equaliser was a joy, the midfielder finding the top corner of the net with an unstoppable volley that meant his side were heading for the play-offs.

Pogrebnyak and McCleary then both spurned chances to win the game for the hosts and put the matter beyond doubt.

But those errors were to prove costly as Brighton's late winner at Forest ended Reading's promotion dream.

For Burnley, an excellent campaign ended with 93 points - more than enough to have finished top in any of the past three seasons - and with a Premier League campaign to look forward to.

Reading boss Nigel Adkins on missing out on the play-offs: "It's important you feel the pain and the hurt because that's what makes you work even harder.

"You need to have a negative experience to make you stronger.

"We can't change anything now, we've given it a good go, and the future is still very bright at this club. We'll take a couple of days to chill out and then reflect on it.

"We were well aware what was happening at Nottingham. There were a lot of oohs and aahs going on. We were going for everything. We couldn't have done much more."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche: "That was just about a fair result.

"Reading obviously had to go for it but we defended very well. After the own goal, I thought that we were good value.

"I was very happy with the team and individual performances. There were so many good things today, good habits and good displays. I'm proud of all the players and all the staff.

"We had to focus on just ourselves. That's the marvel of the last day of the season, with all its twists and turns. But Reading will come back. They're a good club."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 37Obita
  • 8Leigertwood
  • 15Morrison
  • 5Pearce
  • 12McCleary
  • 16AkpanBooked at 38minsSubstituted forTaylorat 55'minutes
  • 9Le FondreSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 57'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 11McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 17Gorkss
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Cummings
  • 25Taylor
  • 35Hector

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 6MeeBooked at 70mins
  • 8Marney
  • 4DuffBooked at 82mins
  • 5Shackell
  • 19KightlySubstituted forWallaceat 63'minutes
  • 14Jones
  • 10Ings
  • 30Barnes
  • 37ArfieldBooked at 61minsSubstituted forStanislasat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Wallace
  • 11Stanislas
  • 12Cisak
  • 15Edgar
  • 17Baird
  • 26Treacy
  • 28Long
Referee:
Mick Russell
Attendance:
23,335

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home20
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 2, Burnley 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Burnley 2.
Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Reading) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Michael Duff.
Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu with a cross.
Attempt saved. Junior Stanislas (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Mee.
Attempt missed. Michael Duff (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ross Wallace with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jobi McAnuff.
Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Mee.
Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff following a set piece situation.

Booking

Michael Duff (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Michael Duff (Burnley).
Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tom Heaton.
Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.
Attempt blocked. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.
Attempt saved. Jake Taylor (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Junior Stanislas replaces Scott Arfield.
Attempt blocked. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Booking

Ben Mee (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).
Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak with a cross.
Attempt saved. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Marney.
Offside, Burnley. Dean Marney tries a through ball, but Ross Wallace is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Ross Wallace replaces Michael Kightly.

Booking

Scott Arfield (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).
Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 2, Burnley 2. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
Foul by Danny Ings (Burnley).
Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Adam Le Fondre.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jake Taylor replaces Hope Akpan.
David Jones (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).
Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hope Akpan.
Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).
Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Garath McCleary.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jason Shackell.
Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside.

Second Half

Second Half begins Reading 1, Burnley 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Reading 1, Burnley 2.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Alex Pearce.
Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Mee.
Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.
Foul by Jason Shackell (Burnley).
Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt blocked. Dean Marney (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Kightly.
Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).
Foul by Danny Ings (Burnley).
Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester46319640102
2Burnley46261553593
3Derby462510113285
4QPR462311121680
5Wigan462110151373
6Brighton461915121572
7Reading461914131471
8Blackburn46181612870
9Ipswich46181414668
10Bournemouth46181216166
11Nottm Forest46161713365
12Middlesbrough461616141264
13Watford461515161060
14Bolton46141715-159
15Leeds4616921-857
16Sheff Wed46131419-253
17Huddersfield46141121-753
18Charlton46131221-2051
19Millwall46111520-2848
20Blackpool46111322-2846
21Birmingham46111124-1644
22Doncaster46111124-3144
23Barnsley4691225-3339
24Yeovil4681325-3137
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