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Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Reading: Steve Bruce's Hillsborough dugout debut ends goalless

Mo Barrow in possession for Reading at Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday could not find a way past Reading for a third successive league win

Sheffield Wednesday and Reading drew a blank in Steve Bruce's first home match as Wednesday manager.

Adam Reach spurned a glorious chance to win it for the Owls in stoppage time when he blasted over from Liam Palmer's cut back in the area.

Reading played out their second goalless draw in as many games, while Wednesday did at least keep a second clean sheet in Bruce's second match in charge.

The Royals remain inside the bottom three with their third draw in a row, while Wednesday stay 16th.

Jose Gomes has won just one of his nine games in charge since being appointed manager in December, but that was also Reading's only victory in their last 15 Championship matches.

Wednesday are now unbeaten in their past six home league games. But Bruce will be concerned by a lack of cutting-edge in front of goal on an afternoon where they threatened while rarely creating any clear-cut chances.

Reading themselves were indebted to goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez making some smart saves while at the other end, Keiren Westwood denied Mo Barrow, Lewis Baker and Yakou Meite.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a difficult afternoon, I think most of the supporters will understand, [there was] a horrible swirling wind, the worst conditions if you're a footballer.

"We had two or three wonderful opportunities to win the game.

"Defensively we look a lot, lot, better, a big compliment to the back four, but we have to take these chances."

Reading manager Jose Gomes told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"I think we can consider it a good point, in the first half they played better than us.

"It was quite a balanced game... the ball bounced a lot, it wasn't easy to control the ball, it wasn't easy too play.

"The second half we tried more to play our football and we finished the game better than them."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 2Palmer
  • 34Hector
  • 12Thorniley
  • 6Fox
  • 20Reach
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 10Bannan
  • 21BoydSubstituted forAaronsat 65'minutes
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forNuhiuat 86'minutes
  • 45ForestieriSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Pelupessy
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 18Lucas João
  • 25Dawson
  • 27Iorfa
  • 38Lazaar
  • 39Aarons

Reading

  • 26Martínez
  • 3Yiadom
  • 19Miazga
  • 6Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 10Swift
  • 35Rinomhota
  • 12McClearySubstituted forMeiteat 60'minutes
  • 16BakerSubstituted forHarriottat 72'minutes
  • 17Barrow
  • 14AlukoSubstituted forBödvarssonat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McShane
  • 15Harriott
  • 21Meite
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 27Richards
  • 28Walker
  • 38Kelly
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
23,412

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamReading
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home20
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Reading 0.

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas João.

Attempt missed. Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Reach.

Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Callum Harriott (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Steven Fletcher.

Attempt missed. Jordan Thorniley (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Reach with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Callum Harriott (Reading) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Sone Aluko.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

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

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Rinomhota (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas João replaces Fernando Forestieri.

Foul by Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday).

Sone Aluko (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Callum Harriott replaces Lewis Baker.

Attempt missed. Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andy Rinomhota.

Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sone Aluko (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Rolando Aarons replaces George Boyd.

Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Andy Yiadom (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Modou Barrow with a cross.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Adam Reach tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Yakou Meite replaces Garath McCleary.

Attempt missed. Lewis Baker (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Yiadom with a cross.

Attempt saved. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

Attempt saved. Lewis Baker (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds31177751351658
2Norwich30169557391857
3Sheff Utd31167853341955
4West Brom30158760382253
5Middlesbrough301312535231251
6Bristol City3014883829950
7Derby3014884235750
8Birmingham311113749391046
9Nottm Forest31111284436845
10Aston Villa31101475649744
11Swansea31128114137444
12Hull31127124340343
13Blackburn311110104247-543
14Preston311010114746140
15QPR30116133845-739
16Sheff Wed30109113445-1139
17Stoke31911113340-738
18Brentford30910114943637
19Wigan3196163246-1433
20Millwall3079143445-1130
21Rotherham31512142949-2027
22Reading31511153244-1226
23Bolton3158182047-2723
24Ipswich3039182351-2818
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