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Reading 0-0 Aston Villa: Visitors miss chance to close gap on top six

Tammy Abraham
Aston Villa striker Tammy Abraham was unable to add to his 19 goals this season

Aston Villa missed out on the chance to close the gap on the play-off places as they were held to a goalless draw at struggling Reading.

The Villans came closest to breaking the deadlock before the break, with top scorer Tammy Abraham missing an excellent chance from close range and former Royals loanee Tommy Elphick heading against the bar.

Reading struggled to create many clear-cut chances but felt they should have had a penalty in the first half when Alan Hutton appeared to take down Ovie Ejaria in the area.

Abraham nearly snatched it for Villa, who have now won just one of their past 10 matches, but he was denied by a fine save from goalkeeper Emi Martinez.

The stalemate was Dean Smith's side's first of the season and left them four points outside the top six, while the Royals remained in the relegation zone.

Villa should have taken an early lead when England international Abraham failed to convert after Martinez saved Anwar El Ghazi's initial effort.

It was a competitive game throughout with both teams in need of points for different reasons, but a draw did little for either.

Reading visit Sheffield Wednesday next Saturday, while Villa are back in action when they host promotion-chasing Sheffield United on Friday.

Reading manager Jose Gomes told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"I'm not happy with a point, I wanted all three in order to move ourselves out of the position we're in.

"We played better in the first half, we created more chances, got our passing game going more. In the second half, Aston Villa played more direct and we struggled to get our game going.

"But, we managed to play some direct football too, forcing set pieces and chances towards the end and it was a typical Championship match full of emotion right until the end.

"I'm grateful to the crowd for keeping us going right until the end as it really helped us. This was a good point and we must capture the good things we're doing going forward."

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith told BBC Radio WM 95.6:

"There is a feeling of frustration but our performance levels are back to where I want them to be. We started well and were on the front foot and I thought we were especially good in the second half.

"We changed it tactically at half time and had the best chances in the game. Tammy Abraham had two headers and will probably be disappointed that he didn't score. On the balance of chances we were the better team today.

"They've got a new manager and they'll cause teams problems here. We looked resolute and Tyrone Mings was fantastic, but the only thing missing was a goal."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Martínez
  • 3YiadomBooked at 62mins
  • 19Miazga
  • 6Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 35Rinomhota
  • 10SwiftBooked at 53mins
  • 15HarriottSubstituted forRichardsat 67'minutes
  • 16BakerSubstituted forAlukoat 70'minutes
  • 18Ejaria
  • 22OliveiraBooked at 55minsSubstituted forMeiteat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gunter
  • 12McCleary
  • 14Aluko
  • 17Barrow
  • 21Meite
  • 27Richards
  • 28Walker

Aston Villa

  • 28L Kalinic
  • 21Hutton
  • 24Elphick
  • 40Mings
  • 3Taylor
  • 6WhelanBooked at 49minsSubstituted forCarrollat 74'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forKodjiaat 74'minutes
  • 14HourihaneBooked at 90mins
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forJedinakat 89'minutes
  • 22El GhaziBooked at 49mins
  • 18Abraham

Substitutes

  • 11Carroll
  • 12Steer
  • 15Jedinak
  • 17Davis
  • 26Kodjia
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 30Hause
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
17,458

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home7
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 0, Aston Villa 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 0, Aston Villa 0.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Liam Moore (Reading) because of an injury.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

  6. Booking

    Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tommy Elphick with a headed pass.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Tom Carroll (Aston Villa).

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Omar Richards (Reading).

  13. Post update

    Foul by John Swift (Reading).

  14. Post update

    Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Mile Jedinak replaces John McGinn.

  16. Booking

    Tom Carroll (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Tom Carroll (Aston Villa).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich30169557391857
2Leeds30176750341657
3Sheff Utd30166850311954
4West Brom29148759382150
5Middlesbrough291311534221250
6Bristol City2913883729847
7Derby2913884035547
8Birmingham30101374536943
9Aston Villa30101375346743
10Hull30127114338543
11Blackburn30111094246-443
12Nottm Forest30101284235742
13Swansea30118114037341
14QPR29116123541-639
15Stoke30911103339-638
16Sheff Wed29108113445-1138
17Brentford29910104841737
18Preston30910114545037
19Wigan3095163145-1432
20Millwall2979133444-1030
21Rotherham30511142848-2026
22Reading30510153244-1225
23Bolton3058171945-2623
24Ipswich3039182351-2818
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