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Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Reading: 10-man Owls hold on for a point against Royals

Liam Shaw's red card for Sheffield Wednesday was the first of his senior career
Liam Shaw's red card for Sheffield Wednesday was the first of his senior career

Reading moved up to fourth in the Championship as they came from behind to earn a draw against 10-man Sheffield Wednesday.

Callum Paterson headed the Owls ahead from Adam Reach's cross before they had Liam Shaw sent off for a reckless challenge on Omar Richards.

Lucas Joao headed home Ovie Ejaria's free-kick at the far post against his former club to level before the break.

Michael Olise came close to giving Reading all three points in the second half, but his powerful shot went narrowly over the bar.

The result helps Reading keep pace with the leaders at the top of the Championship, with the draw leaving them just a point behind top side Norwich, who lost at Luton.

Tony Pulis' Owls remain second from bottom of the table and have now drawn three consecutive Championship fixtures.

Reading's point means they extend their unbeaten run in midweek Championship fixtures to 10 games with their form turning around after a spell of four straight defeats in October and November.

Ejaria almost gave Reading all three points in the closing stages with a long-range strike but Wednesday keeper Joe Wildsmith was on hand to make a last-ditch save.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Tony Pulis told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"[On Liam Shaw's red card] I'm disappointed with the challenge, it's reckless. Whether he's played the ball or not, in the modern game today, you can't go in that strongly.

"It puts the referee under enormous pressure to make decisions. We looked to breakout not as well as I'd liked to have done but we did.

"Our goal was a real first class goal. The player gets sent off, they get a goal and it was poor marking from our point of view."

Reading manager Veljko Paunovic:

"Like ourselves, everyone needs to be accountable for their own actions and it's difficult to be objective when you are involved, but I thought two penalties were very possible.

"But we will use this disappointment and channel it into energy when we finally play in front of our fans again on Saturday. I don't want anything to affect that and we have got to bounce back again.

"On the one hand, I was proud of this performance because the team did everything we had to do in this kind of game. We had good possession and created opportunities.

"But, on the other hand, I am disappointed that we didn't get the result because we were the team who wanted to get most out of this game."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-5-1

  • 28Wildsmith
  • 2PalmerSubstituted forOdubajoat 45'minutes
  • 15Lees
  • 13Börner
  • 4van AkenSubstituted forPelupessyat 45'minutes
  • 7K HarrisSubstituted forKachungaat 90+1'minutes
  • 21LuongoBooked at 53mins
  • 26ShawBooked at 30mins
  • 10BannanSubstituted forIorfaat 45'minutes
  • 11Reach
  • 5PatersonBooked at 59mins

Substitutes

  • 8Pelupessy
  • 14Penney
  • 17Dele-Bashiru
  • 20Rhodes
  • 22Odubajo
  • 24Brown
  • 25Dawson
  • 27Iorfa
  • 45Kachunga

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 29HolmesSubstituted forPontes Estevesat 70'minutes
  • 4Morrison
  • 6Moore
  • 3Richards
  • 8RinomhotaSubstituted forAlukoat 70'minutes
  • 28Laurent
  • 30Semedo
  • 7OliseSubstituted forBaldockat 75'minutes
  • 14Ejaria
  • 18Lucas João

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 2Pontes Esteves
  • 5McIntyre
  • 9Baldock
  • 15Gibson
  • 24Aluko
  • 34Tetek
  • 43Watson
  • 46Onen
Referee:
Oliver Langford

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamReading
Possession
Home22%
Away78%
Shots
Home3
Away20
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Reading 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Reading 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Laurent (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Josh Laurent (Reading).

  5. Post update

    Elias Kachunga (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Elias Kachunga replaces Kadeem Harris.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Julian Börner.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josh Laurent (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

  9. Post update

    Omar Richards (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Callum Paterson (Sheffield Wednesday).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ovie Ejaria (Reading).

  12. Post update

    Callum Paterson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ovie Ejaria (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas João.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Sam Baldock (Reading).

  15. Post update

    Moses Odubajo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lucas João (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tomás Esteves.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Sam Baldock replaces Michael Olise.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tomás Esteves.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alfa Semedo (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ovie Ejaria.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich158431914528
2Bournemouth157622516927
3Watford157621911827
4Reading158342419527
5Bristol City158341915427
6Brentford157532213926
7Swansea157531710726
8Stoke157442218425
9Blackburn1573529171224
10Middlesbrough156631610624
11Luton156451418-422
12Cardiff155552013720
13Millwall154831312120
14Barnsley155461717019
15Preston156182023-319
16Huddersfield155371822-418
17QPR154561722-517
18Birmingham153751114-316
19Coventry153571525-1014
20Rotherham153481420-613
21Nottm Forest15348917-813
22Wycombe15249721-1410
23Sheff Wed15366813-59
24Derby15159722-158
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