The FA Cup - Third Round
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Stevenage 0-0 Reading

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FA Cup: Stevenage 0-0 Reading highlights

League Two club Stevenage increased the pressure on Reading boss Jaap Stam as they held the Championship side to a draw in the FA Cup third round.

Ben Wilmot's header was tipped over by Royals keeper Anssi Jaakkola as the hosts impressed early on.

Dave Edwards had the visitors' best chance of the first half, but Tom King reacted quickly to stop his header.

Stevenage could have won it in the second half, with Jaakkola saving well to deny Jack King and Danny Newton.

Reading also had a pair of late chances but Wilmot's challenge stopped Modou Barrow from testing keeper King, before Liam Kelly shot wide of goal.

The Royals' winless run now stands at seven games in all competitions, with their last victory coming against Sunderland on 2 December.

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll:

"There's no disappointment from us. Stevenage are the winners today, we won the game physically, psychologically, technically and financially.

"We may not have got the score we wanted but the players will go away thinking that they're capable.

"If they were determined before the game, imagine how they'll feel going to the Madejski. We can be positive in our thinking for that game, we can go there with a positive mindset."

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"I'm very pleased that we didn't concede, the clean sheet is a positive thing.

"The opposition made it difficult for us. We have to play another game but that's not a problem - everybody wants to play games. We're still in the cup and hopefully we can get the result in that one.

"When a lower-league team plays at home they want to put all their effort into getting a result. We spoke about that and what we expected to happen, did."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 13King
  • 25Henry
  • 4King
  • 33WilmotSubstituted forFranksat 89'minutes
  • 3Martin
  • 11PettBooked at 90mins
  • 2Smith
  • 30McKee
  • 10KennedySubstituted forSamuelat 73'minutes
  • 24Godden
  • 19NewtonBooked at 37mins

Substitutes

  • 1Fryer
  • 5Franks
  • 6Wilkinson
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 15Samuel
  • 17Gorman
  • 31Gray

Reading

  • 31Jaakkola
  • 19BacunaBooked at 78minsSubstituted forGunterat 90+3'minutes
  • 50RichardsBooked at 56mins
  • 5McShane
  • 20Ilori
  • 4van den Berg
  • 8Evans
  • 16EdwardsSubstituted forSwiftat 81'minutes
  • 38Kelly
  • 12McClearySubstituted forKermorgantat 65'minutes
  • 17Barrow

Substitutes

  • 1Mannone
  • 2Gunter
  • 10Swift
  • 14Aluko
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 22Clement
  • 24Blackett
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
3,877

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamReading
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 0, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Reading 0.

Tom Pett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Evans (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Chris Gunter replaces Leandro Bacuna.

Booking

Tom Pett (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Pett (Stevenage).

Sone Aluko (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Leandro Bacuna.

Attempt blocked. Tom Pett (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Danny Newton (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Fraser Franks replaces Ben Wilmot.

Attempt missed. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Jack King (Stevenage).

Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay in match Matt Godden (Stevenage) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. John Swift replaces David Edwards.

Booking

Leandro Bacuna (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Danny Newton (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Alex Samuel replaces Ben Kennedy.

Foul by Danny Newton (Stevenage).

Tiago Ilori (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jack King (Stevenage).

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Danny Newton (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Reading).

Joey van den Berg (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Yann Kermorgant replaces Garath McCleary.

Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Wilmot (Stevenage).

Delay in match Jonathan Smith (Stevenage) because of an injury.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Anssi Jaakkola.

Attempt saved. Jack King (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Joe Martin (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Reading).

Booking

Omar Richards (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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