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Stoke City 0-0 Reading: Goal-shy Potters held by Royals

Thibaud Verlinden (Stoke) and John Swift
Thibaud Verlinden and John Swift tussle during the goalless draw

Stoke City were involved in their seventh goalless draw of the season despite dominating against relegation battlers Reading.

City twice hit the woodwork in the opening quarter of an hour as James McClean teed up Tom Ince, who crashed a shot against the post.

And two minutes later Thibaud Verlinden, on his first league start, sent in a pinpoint cross which Sam Vokes headed against the crossbar.

McClean again teed up Vokes to head just wide before forcing Emiliano Martinez into a superb reaction save, while Modou Barrow was inches from meeting Lewis Baker's low cross and giving Reading a late winner.

For all of their efforts and near-misses against the Royals, Stoke have now scored just seven goals in Nathan Jones' first 12 league matches in charge.

The Potters looked likely to improve on this meagre goal tally after their quick start, with McClean and Verlinden continuing to cause plenty of problems on both flanks.

The visitors managed to weather the storm, but showed little attacking threat, with Callum Harriott's tame shot their only shot on target as England goalkeeper Jack Butland chalked up a fourth successive clean sheet.

A sixth draw in a seven-game unbeaten run moved the Potters up a place to 16th, but Wigan's win over Bolton meant Reading dropped to 21st, just a place and point above the relegation zone.

Stoke boss Nathan Jones told BBC Stoke:

"The first half we were excellent, it's just a shame we couldn't get the goal because if we had we would probably have gone on and got a few more.

"We work defensively, but we work far more on our attacking play. We have got some wonderful attacking players in theory so I'm just going to demand a little bit more from them now.

"It's just frustrating that we are not at least even nicking games because I have built my reputation as a very attack-minded manager and at my previous club only Man City scored more goals in three years, so it's a little bit puzzling, but one of those things."

Reading manager Jose Gomes told BBC Berkshire:

"I didn't like the game, it wasn't a beautiful game with the very strong wind. It was impossible football regarding the weather conditions.

"We played against the wind in the first half and Stoke created some chances they could score.

"In the end we could score as well, just at the end, so I think it was a fair result."

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Butland
  • 30Edwards
  • 17Shawcross
  • 14BatthBooked at 77mins
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 11McCleanBooked at 90mins
  • 4Allen
  • 8EteboBooked at 73mins
  • 31VerlindenSubstituted forBojanat 80'minutes
  • 7InceSubstituted forDioufat 90+1'minutes
  • 10VokesSubstituted forAfobeat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Williams
  • 9Afobe
  • 16Adam
  • 18Diouf
  • 27Bojan
  • 32Federici
  • 38Woods

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Martínez
  • 3Yiadom
  • 19Miazga
  • 6Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 10SwiftBooked at 73minsSubstituted forLoaderat 89'minutes
  • 16Baker
  • 15HarriottBooked at 44minsSubstituted forGunterat 62'minutes
  • 48OliseSubstituted forBarrowat 62'minutes
  • 12McClearyBooked at 62mins
  • 21Meite

Substitutes

  • 2Gunter
  • 4O'Shea
  • 5McShane
  • 17Barrow
  • 28Walker
  • 42East
  • 43Loader
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
24,368

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamReading
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 0, Reading 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Reading 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

  4. Post update

    Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yakou Meite.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf tries a through ball, but Benik Afobe is caught offside.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf replaces Tom Ince.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Reading. Lewis Baker tries a through ball, but Matt Miazga is caught offside.

  9. Booking

    James McClean (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Danny Loader replaces John Swift.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Benik Afobe (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Etebo.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

  16. Post update

    Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Bojan replaces Thibaud Verlinden.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

  19. Post update

    Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Booking

    Danny Batth (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich38239677482978
2Sheff Utd38228864343074
3Leeds38227963392473
4West Brom381910972482467
5Middlesbrough37151394031958
6Aston Villa381415968541457
7Preston381512115850857
8Derby371511114644256
9Bristol City361510114538755
10Sheff Wed381413114851-355
11Nottm Forest381315105244854
12Hull38149155456-251
13Birmingham381214125349450
14Brentford3713101460501049
15Swansea36138154546-147
16Stoke381017113742-547
17Blackburn381211155260-847
18QPR38128184559-1444
19Wigan38109194157-1639
20Millwall37910184155-1437
21Reading38813174056-1637
22Rotherham38715164061-2136
23Bolton3878232663-3729
24Ipswich38315203062-3224
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