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QPR 0-0 Reading: Rangers twice denied by crossbar in search for fourth straight win

Pawel Wszolek denied by a save from Anssi Jaakkola
Reading goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola made a series of impressive saves to keep QPR at bay

QPR were denied a fourth successive win as struggling Reading kept them at bay in an eventful goalless draw at Loftus Road.

Rangers centre-back Toni Leistner was twice denied by the crossbar with volleyed efforts in either half, while Royals goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola made a string of impressive saves.

The draw ended a run of back-to-back defeats for Reading, who remain second from bottom, and gave new manager Jose Gomes his first point since taking charge before Christmas.

QPR have now slipped four points adrift of the play-off spots, despite having conceded just one goal in their past four league games.

Reading will have been encouraged by closing the gap to safety to two points, but they are without a win in nine matches and have only netted one goal in their past five league games.

They went close when Yakou Meite had a close-range shot cleared off the line by Darnell Furlong in the first half and a header well saved from Joe Lumley.

Danny Loader almost stole the win in stoppage time for the visitors but Lumley was able to palm behind his curling 20-yard shot.

As well as Leistner's two shots off the woodwork, Luke Freeman had a glorious chance for QPR with a volley that was turned behind by Jaakkola, who also made a smart save from Pawel Wszolek after Ebere Eze's through ball.

QPR manager Steve McClaren:

"Reading dominated possession in the first half, we couldn't get near the ball. I was delighted to go in 0-0 at half-time.

"The boys in the second half were immense. We should have won the game in the end so we're a bit frustrated with that.

"It took a while to adjust to the changes we made, but once we did that we caused them problems and but for a great save and the crossbar we'd have won the game.

We look forward to Aston Villa now on Tuesday. We'll need the squad - we've only got two days to recover but we'll go again."

Reading manager Jose Gomes told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"I enjoyed seeing the courage with which my players played today, it was positive, beautiful possession football in the first half.

"In the second half, we probably split control of the game with QPR, but the feeling is we have dropped two points.

"If you just watch this match, I don't think anyone could argue why we're in the bottom three. It means something, so we must capture these positive feelings for the future.

"We created a lot of good chances today and we pressured QPR in their half for long periods. I'm happy for what the players tried to do, but I'm not happy with the result."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13Lumley
  • 2FurlongBooked at 70mins
  • 37Leistner
  • 33Lynch
  • 3Bidwell
  • 23Wszolek
  • 8CousinsBooked at 48mins
  • 11ScowenBooked at 52minsSubstituted forSmithat 90+3'minutes
  • 7Freeman
  • 10EzeSubstituted forChairat 90'minutes
  • 32Wells

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 4Hall
  • 17Smith
  • 18Oteh
  • 19Chair
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 24Kakay

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Jaakkola
  • 3Yiadom
  • 20Ilori
  • 4O'SheaBooked at 68mins
  • 27Richards
  • 35Rinomhota
  • 10SwiftBooked at 62mins
  • 12McClearySubstituted forSimsat 90'minutes
  • 14AlukoSubstituted forLoaderat 82'minutes
  • 17Barrow
  • 21MeiteSubstituted forBödvarssonat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mannone
  • 8Meyler
  • 19Sims
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 38Kelly
  • 43Loader
  • 47Osho
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
15,721

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamReading
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home16
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Reading 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Reading 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Lumley.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Loader (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matt Smith replaces Josh Scowen.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Andy Rinomhota.

  8. Post update

    Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Ilias Chair replaces Eberechi Eze.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Josh Sims replaces Garath McCleary.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading).

  13. Post update

    Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Toni Leistner.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).

  17. Post update

    Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Yakou Meite.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Danny Loader replaces Sone Aluko.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Eberechi Eze following a corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds25156442241851
2Norwich25146547331448
3West Brom25137553322146
4Sheff Utd25135742281444
5Middlesbrough25119527171042
6Derby2512673731642
7Birmingham25911537271038
8QPR2511593132-138
9Aston Villa2591064738937
10Nottm Forest2581253527836
11Bristol City259883028235
12Stoke2581163029135
13Swansea2596103130133
14Hull2596103033-333
15Blackburn2571083140-931
16Sheff Wed2587103141-1031
17Preston2578103741-429
18Brentford2569103535027
19Wigan2575132537-1226
20Millwall2567123039-925
21Bolton2557131732-1522
22Rotherham25410112340-1722
23Reading2548132737-1020
24Ipswich2529141943-2415
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