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Stoke City 0-0 Reading: Potters stay in Championship relegation zone

Joe Allen carries the ball forward for Stoke City
Joe Allen scored twice for Stoke against Luton on Tuesday but could not force a breakthrough against Reading

Stoke City and Reading both failed to register a shot on target in their goalless Championship stalemate.

Potters winger Tom Ince came closest to a winner, sending an effort just off target from 25 yards before half-time.

The former Derby and Huddersfield player also had a first-half goal ruled out for offside and curled a late attempt wide.

Stoke's first draw in seven games under Michael O'Neill kept them in the bottom three, five points below the Royals.

Reading, whose manager Mark Bowen spent four and a half years as Mark Hughes' assistant at Stoke, have now only won one of their past six league matches, but are undefeated in their past three games away from home.

Visiting centre-back Michael Morrison had an early attempt blocked from a corner but, despite drawing a blank up front, they rarely looked in danger of being beaten.

Stoke manager Michael O'Neill told BBC Radio Stoke:

"It was frustrating. We had decent opportunities in the first half of the game where we could have taken more care with the final finish or the final pass.

"In the second half both teams cancelled themselves out a little bit and we were probably relying on something individual to win the game.

"I don't think it was a game we looked in danger of losing, but unfortunately we possibly didn't show enough quality to win it."

Reading manager Mark Bowen told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"We were much better with our performance. Some harsh words were said after the Barnsley game (on Wednesday).

"Coming to any away ground is difficult, but we were able to control our destiny a little bit better because we were in more control of the game. That's one of the reasons I changed the system, to try to get an extra body in midfield and we did that.

"If there's a criticism, we didn't create too much in terms of clear chances for our strikers."

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Butland
  • 2EdwardsSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutes
  • 6Batth
  • 5Lindsay
  • 3Ward
  • 4Allen
  • 24Cousins
  • 22ClucasSubstituted forPowellat 83'minutes
  • 7Ince
  • 9VokesSubstituted forHoganat 63'minutes
  • 11McCleanBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 14Smith
  • 16Davies
  • 18Diouf
  • 20Hogan
  • 25Powell
  • 37Collins
  • 38Woods

Reading

Formation 4-4-2

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 2Gunter
  • 4Morrison
  • 6MooreBooked at 85mins
  • 24Blackett
  • 14Ejaria
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 29Tuncará GomesBooked at 47mins
  • 26AdamBooked at 36minsSubstituted forMcClearyat 65'minutes
  • 31Lucas JoãoSubstituted forBoyéat 71'minutes
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forLoaderat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 12McCleary
  • 15Loader
  • 18Boyé
  • 19Meite
  • 22Howe
  • 27Richards
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
21,701

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamReading
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home11
Away3
Shots on Target
Home0
Away0
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away12

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

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Scott Hogan.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Liam Lindsay.

  5. Post update

    Michael Morrison (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Scott Hogan (Stoke City).

  7. Post update

    Michael Morrison (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Ward (Stoke City).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Boyé (Reading).

  10. Post update

    Stephen Ward (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

  14. Post update

    Tyler Blackett (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Tom Ince (Stoke City).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Danny Loader replaces Sam Baldock.

  17. Booking

    Liam Moore (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

  19. Post update

    Scott Hogan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Boyé (Reading).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom22147145232249
2Leeds22145335132247
3Preston2211473527837
4Brentford22113833171636
5Sheff Wed22106633201336
6Fulham2210573324935
7Bristol City229853432235
8Nottm Forest219752721634
9Blackburn2210483028234
10Swansea229762927234
11Millwall228952828033
12Cardiff228863432232
13QPR229493542-731
14Hull228683431330
15Birmingham2284102431-728
16Derby226882128-726
17Charlton2266102830-224
18Reading2165102527-223
19Huddersfield2257102434-1022
20Middlesbrough224991931-1221
21Luton2262142846-1820
22Stoke2253142435-1118
23Wigan2246122035-1518
24Barnsley2237122945-1616
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