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Reading 0-0 Burnley

Ali Al-Habsi
Ali Al-Habsi has kept seven clean sheets in 23 appearances for Reading this season

Ali Al-Habsi's penalty save helped Reading hold promotion-chasing Burnley to a goalless draw in the Championship.

Andre Gray saw his penalty saved after he had been tripped by Al-Habsi, and Reading held out to secure a point.

Gray should have put Burnley in front early on when he scuffed Geroge Boyd's cross over from six yards out.

Tom Heaton saved from Yann Kermorgant's header at the other end, while Gray put Matt Lowton's cross wide from point-blank range after the break.

Former Brentford striker Gray, the Championship's top scorer with 18 goals this season, faced a long wait to take his penalty, with Reading winger Hal Robson-Kanu receiving a booking for scuffing up the penalty spot.

The Royals could have won it when Robson-Kanu fired well over, but they created few chances throughout and have now scored only eight goals in their last 14 matches.

Burnley remain third in the table after extending their unbeaten run in the league to eight games, while Reading stay 15th.

Reading manager Brian McDermott:

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McDermott on Reading v Burnley

"I've looked back at the penalty decision three or four times and it doesn't look like Ali's touched him.

"Then Ali made a great save from the penalty and we're delighted with that.

"Our players were incensed for a reason, but Ali's made a fabulous save and that was the right outcome."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"From where I was looking, I did see their player [Robson-Kanu] dig the spot up.

"I've never seen that in my career and I hope my players never conduct themselves in that manner.

"I would not expect my players to move the ball off the spot when someone is ready to take a penalty and then kick the floor up. I think that's really poor."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 35Cooper
  • 11ObitaBooked at 70mins
  • 6NorwoodSubstituted forRakelsat 81'minutes
  • 8Hector
  • 9Robson-KanuBooked at 59mins
  • 17PiazonSubstituted forMcClearyat 63'minutes
  • 21Quinn
  • 29Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 4Evans
  • 10Rakels
  • 12McCleary
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 20John
  • 49Barrett

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 23Ward
  • 21Boyd
  • 14Jones
  • 13BartonBooked at 67mins
  • 37Arfield
  • 9Vokes
  • 7GraySubstituted forHenningsat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Kightly
  • 15Taylor
  • 17Robinson
  • 18Hennings
  • 20Ulvestad
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 27Darikwa
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
16,773

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Burnley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Burnley 0.

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rouwen Hennings with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Keane.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Hal Robson-Kanu.

Attempt saved. Jake Cooper (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Quinn with a cross.

Deniss Rakels (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

Attempt saved. Rouwen Hennings (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Rouwen Hennings replaces Andre Gray.

Attempt blocked. Michael Hector (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Keane (Burnley).

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

Foul by Andre Gray (Burnley).

Attempt blocked. Andre Gray (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Deniss Rakels replaces Oliver Norwood.

Attempt blocked. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

Attempt missed. Michael Keane (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Heaton following a set piece situation.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

Joey Barton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Garath McCleary following a fast break.

Booking

Jordan Obita (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

George Boyd (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a headed pass.

Booking

Joey Barton (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Joey Barton (Burnley).

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Michael Hector.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Lucas Piazon.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jordan Obita (Reading) because of an injury.

Delay in match Stephen Ward (Burnley) because of an injury.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

Penalty saved! Andre Gray (Burnley) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty conceded by Ali Al Habsi (Reading) after a foul in the penalty area.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull30185747192859
2Middlesbrough29176639162357
3Burnley311511548262256
4Brighton301511440301056
5Sheff Wed311411649331653
6Derby311312640271351
7Birmingham3113993830848
8Ipswich3113994039148
9Cardiff31111373833546
10Nottm Forest31101293127442
11Preston31101292929042
12Wolves311010114042-240
13Brentford31117134248-640
14QPR31912103738-139
15Reading31910123333037
16Leeds30812102934-536
17Huddersfield3198144244-235
18Fulham30711124750-332
19Blackburn29613102527-231
20MK Dons3187162542-1731
21Bristol City31710142748-2131
22Rotherham3175193655-1926
23Charlton31510162656-3025
24Bolton31412153052-2224
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