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Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Reading

David Dunn

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."

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"We can't appeal it, can't get it rescinded and it could affect us later on in the season.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

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Reading 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Reading 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

  4. Post update

    Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Scott Dann.

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Chris Taylor.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Reading. Alex McCarthy tries a through ball, but Nick Blackman is caught offside.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Garath McCleary.

  10. Post update

    Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Booking

    Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

  17. Post update

    Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rubén Rochina (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Williamson.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

  20. Post update

    Rubén Rochina (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.