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Reading 1-1 Nottingham Forest: Ben Watson & Tobias Figueiredo own goal see Royals and Reds draw

Forest players celebrate Ben Watson's 966th-minute strike
Forest players and coaching staff wildly celebrate what they think is a late, late minute winner by Ben Watson

Two goals in the space of a minute deep into injury-time saw Reading and Nottingham Forest play out a draw at the Madejski Stadium.

Ben Watson's 96th-minute volley looked to have earned Forest a dramatic victory and extend their Championship winning run to four games.

But the Royals responded straight from kick-off when Jordan Obita's cross was turned into his own net by defender Tobias Figueiredo.

The result meant Forest dropped a place to fifth in the table following Fulham's away victory against Hull City.

Reading, who had won four games in a row and are now unbeaten in seven, remain in 14th.

An astonishing 60 seconds in stoppage time was out of keeping with a game lacking much in the way of goalmouth drama as both sides failed to extend impressive winning runs.

Forest, seeking a fourth consecutive league victory, edged a tight first half which saw each team muster just one attempt on target.

The visitors' best opportunity fell to Sammy Ameobi, whose strike deflected wide, while Lewis Grabban and Watson also wasted half-chances.

With John Swift increasingly influential, Reading improved considerably after the interval. Tyler Blackett smashed a low shot against the post and Reds keeper Brice Samba was also called into action to make a fine save with his legs to deny Michael Morrison.

Grabban almost added to his 14 goals so far this season just after the restart, the striker having a shot cleared off the line after being held up by goalkeeper Rafael when through on goal.

In-form Reading had won their past four home league games against Forest, who looked to have bucked that trend when Watson's controlled left-foot strike found the net after Joe Worrall did brilliantly to turn the ball back following a corner.

But Figueiredo's unfortunate intervention earned Reading a precious point and kept them within six points of the play-off places.

Reading manager Mark Bowen:

"That was crazy at the end. My take overall is that probably we were a bit sloppy in the first half.

"I said that we'd had 45 average minutes in our last six games. So go out there and enjoy your football, start playing.

"We did that in the second half. I thought that we went out and dominated most of the game.

"But even in those last seconds [after Forest had scored], the lads didn't let their heads drop.

"To come straight back into it like we did, it shows that we're not in a bad place in terms of what we've got to offer in the back end of the season."

Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi:

"At the end of the game, when you are lucky to score in the 96th minute, then the game is done. It is over, the game is finished.

"But then it's not. This was our fate, we'd never made a mistake before.

"Then we make one mistake, it was probably the emotion [of scoring first] and then we forgot to do our jobs.

"We did our jobs for 95 minutes then it was a long ball, cross and an own goal.

"Yes, probably, we lost concentration after scoring. I just feel upset for the boys because, after our goal, they also thought the game was done.

"Only football can give you this emotion. It was unbelievable at the end."

Ben Watson celebrates scoring for Nottingham Forest
Ben Watson celebrates what seems sure to be a 96th-minute Nottingham Forest winner
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... But a minute later the midfielder is crestfallen as Reading salvage a point

Line-ups

Reading

  • 33Cabral BarbosaBooked at 90mins
  • 2Gunter
  • 4Morrison
  • 6Moore
  • 24BlackettBooked at 90mins
  • 29Tuncará Gomes
  • 26AdamSubstituted forObitaat 76'minutes
  • 19MeiteBooked at 87mins
  • 10SwiftBooked at 38mins
  • 14EjariaSubstituted forRinomhotaat 80'minutes
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forPuscasat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 5Miazga
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 11Obita
  • 12McCleary
  • 15Loader
  • 47Puscas

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 11Cash
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 4Worrall
  • 36ChemaSubstituted forJenkinsonat 87'minutes
  • 21Sow
  • 8WatsonBooked at 90mins
  • 19Ameobi
  • 28SilvaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forLolleyat 69'minutes
  • 2RibeiroSubstituted forYatesat 69'minutes
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 12Smith
  • 16Jenkinson
  • 20Dawson
  • 22Yates
  • 23Lolley
  • 37Adomah
  • 48Mighten
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
16,602

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

Booking

Tyler Blackett (Reading) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Own Goal by Tobias Figueiredo, Nottingham Forest. Reading 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

Booking

Rafael Cabral (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Nottingham Forest 1. Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Worrall following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Pelé.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

Carl Jenkinson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Offside, Reading. Chris Gunter tries a through ball, but Yakou Meite is caught offside.

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

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by George Puscas (Reading).

Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Carl Jenkinson replaces Chema Rodríguez because of an injury.

Booking

Yakou Meite (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Yakou Meite (Reading) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by John Swift with a cross.

Attempt blocked. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by George Puscas (Reading).

Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Andy Rinomhota replaces Ovie Ejaria.

Ovie Ejaria (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jordan Obita replaces Charlie Adam.

Charlie Adam (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Samba Sow (Nottingham Forest).

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

Foul by Samba Sow (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Pelé (Reading).

Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Watson with a cross.

Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ryan Yates with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ryan Yates replaces Yuri Ribeiro.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Joe Lolley replaces Tiago Silva.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Pelé.

Attempt saved. George Puscas (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom271411250302053
2Leeds27157543232052
3Brentford27144944212346
4Fulham27136841301145
5Nottm Forest2612863526944
6Sheff Wed27126939261342
7Millwall27101163432241
8Swansea2611873230241
9Bristol City2711884140141
10Preston2711793733440
11Hull27116104035539
12Blackburn27107103535037
13Cardiff2691073840-237
14Reading26106103429536
15QPR27105124551-635
16Middlesbrough2781092834-634
17Derby2781092836-834
18Birmingham2795133344-1132
19Charlton2778123639-329
20Huddersfield2777133144-1328
21Stoke2774163342-925
22Barnsley2759133550-1524
23Wigan2758142441-1723
24Luton2763183358-2521
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