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Nottingham Forest 1-1 Reading

Omar Richards puts Reading 1-0 up against Nottingham Forest
Omar Richards' first senior goal broke the deadlock in the first half for Reading at the City Ground

Nottingham Forest ended a near 500-minute Championship goal drought as Lee Tomlin rescued a draw against Reading.

Tomlin latched on to Joe Lolley's square ball for Forest's late equaliser and their first league goal since 20 January, in a surprise win at Wolves.

Full-back Omar Richards had fired Reading ahead in the first half after Costel Pantilimon could only parry a Chris Gunter shot across goal.

The draw means both sides have won just once in their past 12 league games.

Forest and Reading stay 17th and 18th respectively with the Royals four points above the relegation zone.

Aitor Karanka's side are without a win in five Championship matches since they shocked leaders Wolves at Molineux. Reading's only win in their past dozen matches came at strugglers Burton.

Richards' first senior goal looked to have been enough to secure a welcome win, but Jaap Stam's side were made to weather a second-half response from the hosts.

Tendayi Darikwa was twice denied a leveller for Forest as he struck the crossbar before Richards blocked his rebound on the goal line.

Cardiff City loanee Tomlin eventually found the back of the net as his low finish on the edge of the penalty box evaded Vito Mannone in the Reading goal.

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"We need to go to the pitch in the way we've gone in the second half because in the second half the atmosphere was amazing and we need to give the crowd that atmosphere.

"We needed to be more aggressive because we were losing every single challenge in the first half. I'm really pleased with the response of the crowd.

"We have a lot of good players and main thing is to create those chances, to play intense, to play aggressive and if we play that way we will have chances and we will win the games."

Reading manager Jaap Stam told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"First half I thought was very good, we played some very good football and created some good opportunities to maybe score more than one.

"Second half, we wanted to continue that and play a bit more aggressive against their press, which made it difficult at times.

"We were confident today what we could've done, unfortunately we couldn't find the second goal but at times we should've done better.

"Playing here isn't always the easiest. A point is at least something out of it, but of course we would've rather had three."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Darikwa
  • 3Pereira FigueiredoBooked at 77mins
  • 13Fox
  • 11OsbornBooked at 62mins
  • 32Watson
  • 18Colback
  • 23Lolley
  • 20DowellSubstituted forCashat 66'minutes
  • 15TomlinBooked at 74minsSubstituted forGuédiouraat 90'minutes
  • 17Brereton

Substitutes

  • 5Guédioura
  • 7Bridcutt
  • 10McKay
  • 14Cash
  • 29Fuentes Hernández
  • 31Bouchalakis
  • 33Kapino

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 2GunterBooked at 78mins
  • 6Moore
  • 20Ilori
  • 50RichardsBooked at 76mins
  • 19Bacuna
  • 4van den BergSubstituted forEvansat 81'minutes
  • 14Aluko
  • 38KellyBooked at 37minsSubstituted forEdwardsat 90+1'minutes
  • 17BarrowSubstituted forMcClearyat 71'minutes
  • 27Martin

Substitutes

  • 8Evans
  • 12McCleary
  • 16Edwards
  • 22Clement
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 24Blackett
  • 31Jaakkola
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
21,846

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamReading
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Reading 1.

Attempt saved. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Fox.

Attempt blocked. Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. David Edwards replaces Liam Kelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Adlène Guédioura replaces Lee Tomlin.

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Reading 1. Lee Tomlin (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Attempt missed. Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Lolley.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Lee Tomlin tries a through ball, but Ben Brereton is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. George Evans replaces Joey van den Berg because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

Booking

Chris Gunter (Reading) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

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

Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Chris Martin (Reading).

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Martin (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

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

Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Kelly.

Booking

Lee Tomlin (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Lee Tomlin (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading).

Lee Tomlin (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Modou Barrow.

Attempt missed. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Attempt saved. Leandro Bacuna (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

Omar Richards (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading).

Lee Tomlin (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matthew Cash replaces Kieran Dowell.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves32226457243372
2Cardiff32187748272161
3Aston Villa33179749301960
4Derby321610648262258
5Fulham321510754361855
6Bristol City32141174738953
7Sheff Utd32164124638852
8Middlesbrough331561243311251
9Preston33121564032851
10Brentford331311950401050
11Millwall331112103935445
12Leeds32136134441345
13Ipswich32136134442245
14Norwich32129113235-345
15QPR33109143646-1039
16Sheff Wed33813123540-537
17Nottm Forest33114183651-1537
18Reading3289153542-733
19Bolton3389162951-2233
20Birmingham3386192249-2730
21Hull32611154350-729
22Burton3378182659-3329
23Barnsley32610163147-1628
24Sunderland33511173458-2426
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