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Reading 2-2 Leeds United

Reading manager Jaap Stam watches from the sidelines against Leeds
Reading have now only won eight league games from 36 this season

Out-of-form Reading and Leeds had to settle for a point each after a thrilling draw at the Madejski Stadium.

Under-pressure Royals boss Jaap Stam, whose side have now won only once in 17 Championship matches, led through Jon Dadi Bodvarsson's one-on-one finish.

Pontus Jansson's strike made it 1-1 and Leeds led after the break when Pablo Hernandez's shot found the top corner.

But the hosts denied Leeds just a second win in 13 league games thanks to Eunan O'Kane's unfortunate own goal.

Leeds keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell had to make several superb saves in the first half, notably to deny Dom Barrow and push a George Evans shot on to the bar, but he was powerless to prevent Bodvarsson giving the hosts the lead.

The visitors had also had chances, with Gaetano Berardi and Ezgjan Alioski both going close, before captain Jansson and Hernandez turned a pulsating match on its head either side of the break.

However, Leandro Bacuna ensured the hosts earned a point when his shot found the net after an unlucky deflection off O'Kane.

There were numerous opportunities to earn maximum points in the final 30 minutes but both sides lacked composure in front of goal, meaning Reading have now won just eight league games from 36 and drop to 19th in the table.

Leeds remain in 13th place, nine points off the play-offs.

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"It was a deserved point. If you look at how we played in the first half, we were very good at times. We made the right decisions in what to do and when and how to go forward.

"We scored the first goal and created another couple of very good opportunities. They were 100 per cent chances and we needed to score them. When you can do that, then it's a totally different game.

"In the second half, after we'd got our equaliser, we tried to push forward. But, at times, we couldn't produce what we'd produced in the first half.

"It's a bit frustrating. No one misses chances deliberately but it's important that when you get into situations like that, you need to finish them."

Leeds head coach Paul Heckingbottom:

"The play-offs are out of my mind but they are attainable. My mind is on getting the players winning, working with them and pushing them.

"I want to begin to build a winning mentality because whatever happens this season, if we're not in the play-offs, we want to be in them next season, so all the work starts now.

"We worked our socks off to get back into the game and I thought that we were the better team in the second half.

"The game started pretty evenly and it was quite an open match. We grew into it after going. In the second half, we wanted to keep the ball more but be very positive with our passing through their midfield to the front four."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 31Jaakkola
  • 19Bacuna
  • 20Ilori
  • 6Moore
  • 2Gunter
  • 8EvansBooked at 24minsSubstituted forEdwardsat 63'minutes
  • 38KellyBooked at 31mins
  • 14Aluko
  • 22ClementSubstituted forSwiftat 63'minutes
  • 17Barrow
  • 23Bödvarsson

Substitutes

  • 1Mannone
  • 10Swift
  • 16Edwards
  • 24Blackett
  • 55Smith
  • 56Loader
  • 57Holmes

Leeds

  • 30Peacock-Farrell
  • 28Berardi
  • 18Jansson
  • 5PenningtonBooked at 48mins
  • 12De Bock
  • 14O'Kane
  • 4Forshaw
  • 10Alioski
  • 21Sáiz
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forDallasat 85'minutes
  • 45EkubanSubstituted forLasoggaat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Anita
  • 9Lasogga
  • 13Wiedwald
  • 15Dallas
  • 23Phillips
  • 25Vieira
  • 46Pearce
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
19,770

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away19
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home13
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 2, Leeds United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Leeds United 2.

Foul by John Swift (Reading).

Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Laurens De Bock.

Foul by Sone Aluko (Reading).

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Reading).

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Leeds United).

John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas replaces Pablo Hernández.

Attempt saved. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Kelly with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Samuel Sáiz.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

Attempt missed. Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Forshaw with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Anssi Jaakkola.

Attempt saved. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Pierre-Michel Lasogga replaces Caleb Ekuban.

Foul by Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United).

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Modou Barrow (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

Attempt missed. Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt missed. Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. David Edwards replaces George Evans.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. John Swift replaces Pelle Clement.

Hand ball by Pelle Clement (Reading).

Attempt missed. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Caleb Ekuban.

Attempt missed. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Goal!

Own Goal by Eunan O'Kane, Leeds United. Reading 2, Leeds United 2.

Attempt blocked. Leandro Bacuna (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

Attempt saved. Matthew Pennington (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

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3Aston Villa36209760332769
4Fulham371911764392568
5Derby361613755342161
6Middlesbrough371871253351861
7Bristol City371513953421158
8Preston37141584637957
9Sheff Utd36175144943656
10Millwall371413104437755
11Brentford3614111152421053
12Ipswich36157144744352
13Leeds37148154951-250
14Norwich361212123741-448
15Nottm Forest36135184354-1144
16QPR361110154052-1243
17Sheff Wed37814153951-1238
18Hull36812165056-636
19Reading36812164251-936
20Bolton37812173256-2436
21Barnsley36711183653-1732
22Birmingham3786232557-3230
23Burton3679202662-3630
24Sunderland37513193866-2828
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