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Reading 0-0 Middlesbrough

Reading v Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough have only lost twice in their last 17 Championship matches

Middlesbrough moved to within four points of Championship leaders Bournemouth after drawing at Reading.

Adam Reach had chances to put Boro ahead but shot into the side-netting and then fired over from close range.

Reading's Jordan Obita headed over and Hal Robson-Kanu was denied by away goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

But Royals keeper Adam Federici earned his side a draw by saving Albert Adomah's header and pushing Patrick Bamford's 25-yard shot on to the bar.

The result keeps Aitor Karanka's side fourth, but they move a point closer to Bournemouth, who suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Norwich City.

Reading's recent revival under new manager Steve Clarke also continues and they are now unbeaten in four matches in all competitions.

It was also another clean sheet for Middlesbrough, their fourth in a row, and they frustrated the hosts in a quiet opening 45 minutes.

Reading's best spell came early in the second half as Pavel Pogrebnyak headed over from Obita's free-kick, with Robson-Kanu, Michael Hector and Obita also missing chances.

However, Middlesbrough ended strongly but Federici denied Adomah, Bamford and Kike as it ended all square.

Reading manager Steve Clarke:

"As I said to the players after the game, we can thank Adam for our point this week. He's an experienced keeper, he's very safe, very solid.

"He doesn't make the nervous moments more nervous because he gets the ball, he catches it and he keeps it. I'm really pleased with him."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"We definitely lost two points. We created a lot of chances, very clear chances, and it's been the same story in other games.

"Their keeper was the man of the match. He was brilliant. We didn't play badly but we have to take our chances."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 2Gunter
  • 15Hector
  • 5Pearce
  • 11ObitaBooked at 54mins
  • 19MackieSubstituted forKaracanat 86'minutes
  • 6NorwoodBooked at 42minsSubstituted forGuthrieat 67'minutes
  • 23Williams
  • 9Robson-Kanu
  • 7PogrebnyakSubstituted forBlackmanat 57'minutes
  • 10Cox

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 8Guthrie
  • 21Karacan
  • 22Blackman
  • 25Taylor
  • 31Andersen
  • 35Cooper

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 26Kalas
  • 6Gibson
  • 4Ayala
  • 3Friend
  • 27Adomah
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 18Whitehead
  • 20ReachSubstituted forKikeat 82'minutes
  • 21VossenSubstituted forTomlinat 62'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 23Bamford

Substitutes

  • 9Kike
  • 10Tomlin
  • 17Husband
  • 22Omeruo
  • 29Veljkovic
  • 33Wildschut
  • 40Mejias
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
17,131

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away10
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Middlesbrough 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Middlesbrough 0.

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Michael Hector.

Foul by Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough).

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jem Karacan replaces Jamie Mackie.

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Michael Hector.

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kike replaces Adam Reach.

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

Attempt saved. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by George Friend.

Attempt blocked. Alex Pearce (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by George Friend.

Delay in match Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Michael Hector.

Booking

Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough).

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Danny Guthrie replaces Oliver Norwood.

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross.

Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lee Tomlin replaces Jelle Vossen.

Foul by Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough).

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Hal Robson-Kanu.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth25146555272848
2Derby25146547232448
3Ipswich25138441231847
4Middlesbrough25128538172144
5Brentford2513484135643
6Watford25125844291541
7Norwich25117746301640
8Sheff Wed2591062021-137
9Wolves2410772833-537
10Blackburn249873533235
11Cardiff259793335-234
12Birmingham259793038-834
13Nottm Forest2571083335-231
14Charlton2561362429-531
15Huddersfield2587103443-931
16Bolton2586112732-530
17Reading2586113040-1030
18Fulham2584133544-928
19Brighton2551192732-526
20Rotherham2551192131-1026
21Leeds2567122637-1125
22Millwall2558122441-1723
23Wigan2548132534-920
24Blackpool2538141941-2217
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