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Reading 0-0 Barnsley

Liam Moore and Marley Watkins
Barnsley had won on their two previous visits to the Madejski Stadium in 2011 and 2014

Reading's hopes of automatic promotion suffered a setback as they were held at home by a determined Barnsley side.

Marc Roberts headed just wide for the visitors in a below-par first half, and Tom Bradshaw volleyed inches over shortly after the re-start.

The Royals responded as Yann Kermogant forced a good, low save from Adam Davies and Garath McCleary went close.

But it was Barnsley who came closest to a winner as forward Marley Watkins struck the base of the post.

The draw saw Reading slip to fourth place in the table, with Barnsley - who also played out a goalless draw with Preston seven days earlier - dropping to 10th.

Jaap Stam's side were without loan signing Jordon Mutch, as George Evans and Roy Beerens returned to the starting line-up at the Madejski Stadium.

But they struggled to carve out clear openings until Bradshaw's effort gave them a scare at the start of the second half.

Reading raised their game with Kermogant a handful for Barnsley's centre-backs, but they could not find a way past Davies and Adam Hammill fired over for Barnsley when well-placed as the two sides had to settle for a point each.

Reading manager Jaap Stam: "We had most of the ball and possession, but you should also look at the opposition and see what they're doing.

"Normally, this team (Barnsley) wants to play and wants to go forward playing football.

"But now they come here and they sit, they make it as small and as tight as they can, and just wait for that moment to go out on the break.

"That's the thing, most of the time when we play at home, that we need to deal with."

Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom: "I was pleased with us with the ball and without the ball. The bit that was missing was the end product.

"We got in some really good positions, but apart from hitting the post, we hit the target only once.

"We approach every game to try to get the win. I know what a good side Reading are, but I honestly believed that we would score.

"We knew that we would have to defend crosses and we were comfortable doing that and we did it well. I knew that we would be strong right to the end."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2GunterBooked at 69mins
  • 16Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 11ObitaBooked at 34mins
  • 6Evans
  • 23Williams
  • 12McClearySubstituted forPopaat 82'minutes
  • 38KellySubstituted forGrabbanat 45'minutes
  • 7BeerensSubstituted forMeiteat 90+2'minutes
  • 18Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 8Swift
  • 19Meite
  • 25Popa
  • 30Watson
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 32Oxford
  • 50Grabban

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 29JonesBooked at 61mins
  • 4Roberts
  • 5MacDonald
  • 17Yiadom
  • 28R WilliamsSubstituted forArmstrongat 67'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6ScowenSubstituted forMoncurat 48'minutes
  • 36James
  • 7HammillSubstituted forKentat 89'minutes
  • 15Watkins
  • 20Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 10Moncur
  • 13Townsend
  • 16Evans
  • 32Armstrong
  • 34Hedges
  • 38Elder
  • 40Kent
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
16,222

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home17
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Barnsley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Barnsley 0.

Booking

Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Reading. Chris Gunter tries a through ball, but Adrian Popa is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Bradshaw with a headed pass.

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Reading).

Adam Davies (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Yakou Meite replaces Roy Beerens.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Adam Davies.

Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Kent (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Ryan Kent replaces Adam Hammill.

Attempt missed. Matthew James (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Adam Hammill.

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

Foul by Matthew James (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Marley Watkins (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Adrian Popa replaces Garath McCleary.

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Williams with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Adam Davies.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marley Watkins (Barnsley) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Armstrong.

Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Marc Roberts (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

Booking

Chris Gunter (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Adam Hammill (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Gethin Jones.

Attempt blocked. Roy Beerens (Reading) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Danny Williams.

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Adam Armstrong replaces Ryan Williams.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle30212758233565
2Brighton30197451252664
3Huddersfield3018483933658
4Reading3117684439557
5Leeds311731142321054
6Sheff Wed3015783728952
7Norwich311551155431250
8Derby3013893325847
9Fulham301210849351446
10Barnsley31137114844446
11Preston31129104239345
12Birmingham311010113242-1040
13Ipswich31109123239-739
14Cardiff31116143644-839
15Brentford30107134242037
16Aston Villa30812102933-436
17Nottm Forest31106154353-1036
18Wolves3098133841-335
19QPR3197153044-1434
20Bristol City3095164144-332
21Burton3187163145-1431
22Blackburn3078153547-1229
23Wigan3068162838-1026
24Rotherham3145222865-3717
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