Coventry 0-0 Reading

Reading confirmed their place in the Championship play-offs after claiming a point in an entertaining stalemate with Coventry at the Ricoh Arena.

The Royals knew a point would be enough to seal a top-six league finish.

But it was clear neither they, nor Coventry, were happy to just settle for a draw in a game of numerous chances.

Shane Long and Noel Hunt went close for Reading, while Marlon King and Richard Keogh had the best opportunities for Coventry, who are secure in 17th place.

With a play-off spot sealed, Reading can look to the future with optimism, but equally Coventry have reason to be hopeful after such a positive display in Andy Thorn's since being confirmed as their permanent manager.

The home side had the better of the opening exchanges and fashioned a number of opening that saw Lukas Jutkiewicz and Carl Baker, twice, go close.

Reading hit back and should have gone ahead through Long in the 16th minute, but the striker took too long to control the ball before firing over from 12 yards.

With regular keeper Keiren Westwood injured, City called upon Michael Quirke in goal and the youngster did well to parry Hunt's header and block Michail Antonio's effort after he ran clear on goal.

At the other end, David Bell's volley forced a superb save from Royals keeper Adam Federici.

The second half began as the first had ended, with Jutkiewicz rolling an early chance wide for City.

After that though, the first real lull of the game followed until Sammy Clingan's free-kick forced a solid save from Federici with 20 minute to go.

The Australian keeper then made superb block to deny King, who was subsequently flagged offside, before the striker saw another shot take a deflection and fly narrowly off target.

From the resulting corner Keogh should have broken the deadlock but could only head wide from six yards, ensuring the encounter remained goalless.

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