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Aston Villa 1-1 Reading: Steve Bruce rues missed chances and late penalty

Reading's Sam Baldock (right)
Reading signed Sam Baldock from Brighton this summer

Steve Bruce said his Aston Villa side created enough chances to "win two games" after they were denied victory against winless Reading by Sam Baldock's 93rd-minute penalty.

James Chester headed against the bar in a first half dominated by the hosts and led when debutant winger Anwar El Ghazi's cross was headed home by Ahmed Elmohamady.

But they became nervy late on, Orjan Nyland tipping Sam Baldock's shot onto the bar from just three yards before the Reading striker equalised from the spot after Chester brought down Josh Sims.

"Who would want to do my flaming job? I've had Chester for the best part of six years and I've never seen him make a challenge like that," Bruce told BBC WM 95.6.

"The cardinal error when you're a defender - you never go to the ground, not in the penalty area."

Villa lost playmaker Jack Grealish at half-time - to what Bruce described as a "bad dead leg" - and, while the home side had 21 shots to Reading's 10, they had only one more on target.

Bruce's side have drawn three Championship games in a row, while Paul Clement's Royals have picked up two away draws in four days to get off the mark.

The late drama went in stark contrast to both sides' midweek results, when it was Villa who scored a 95th-minute leveller against Brentford, while Reading spurned a two-goal advantage at Blackburn.

"We've got to eradicate the individual errors that are starting to creep in and cost us, and the basics of the Championship are we've done enough to win two games there," added Bruce.

"We didn't get the second one, but look like we're going around the right route. We've had a decent start, it could've been a great start."

Bruce's latest addition Yannick Bolasie - signed on a season-long loan from Everton earlier on Saturday - was watching in the Villa Park stands but it was another recent acquisition in Dutchman El Ghazi who caught the eye with some neat footwork and an in-swinging ball for Elmohamady's back-post header.

"When he adapts to playing in England I'm sure he'll be a very decent player," said Bruce.

"He's got very decent ability, which you've just all seen. He'll be an asset to us."

Reading manager Paul Clement told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"Aston Villa are a really good side and before the game we'd have taken the point. It's a good point for us.

"I learned a lot about the team today, especially after we had that big chance on 82 minutes, a fantastic double save from their goalkeeper. The players didn't fold and pushed to the very end.

"I've not seen it [the penalty] back. When I saw it in real time, I thought it was 50-50. But we had one go against us in midweek, and the fact is it was given."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Nyland
  • 4Tuanzebe
  • 5Chester
  • 15Jedinak
  • 21Hutton
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 7McGinn
  • 22El GhaziSubstituted forAdomahat 67'minutes
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forHourihaneat 45'minutes
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forTaylorat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 6Whelan
  • 14Hourihane
  • 23Campos Moreira
  • 24Elphick
  • 29Hepburn-Murphy
  • 37Adomah

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 3Yiadom
  • 6Moore
  • 20Ilori
  • 24Blackett
  • 14AlukoSubstituted forSimsat 67'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 7Bacuna
  • 8Meyler
  • 17BarrowSubstituted forMeiteat 45'minutesBooked at 58mins
  • 9Baldock
  • 23BödvarssonSubstituted forMcNultyat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4O'Shea
  • 10Swift
  • 19Sims
  • 21Meite
  • 28Walker
  • 29McNulty
  • 38Kelly
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
33,405

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamReading
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home21
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Reading 1.

Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Meyler (Reading).

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 1, Reading 1. Sam Baldock (Reading) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by James Chester (Aston Villa) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Reading. Josh Sims draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Neil Taylor replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by John McGinn.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

David Meyler (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Marc McNulty (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Baldock.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ørjan Nyland.

Attempt saved. Yakou Meite (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Sims with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Marc McNulty replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Offside, Aston Villa. Conor Hourihane tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

Foul by Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa).

Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Josh Sims (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Sims (Reading).

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Kodjia.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Albert Adomah replaces Anwar El Ghazi.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Josh Sims replaces Sone Aluko.

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Anwar El Ghazi.

Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.

Booking

Yakou Meite (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

James Chester (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds54101441013
2Middlesbrough541092713
3Bolton531166010
4Aston Villa523010739
5Blackburn52306429
6Derby53028719
7Sheff Utd53028719
8Brentford522110558
9Bristol City52217528
10Swansea52215418
11West Brom521213857
12Wigan521210827
13Nottm Forest51407617
14Sheff Wed521278-17
15Millwall41215505
16Stoke512269-35
17Norwich5113811-34
18Hull511359-44
19Preston511337-44
20Birmingham503246-23
21Rotherham4103410-63
22QPR5104313-103
23Reading502347-32
24Ipswich502348-42
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