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Reading 1-1 Yeovil Town

Reading manager Nigel Adkins

Yeovil Town's Championship survival hopes were boosted as they held Reading to a draw despite having three players red-carded in the second half.

Shane Duffy headed Yeovil ahead before Byron Webster was sent off for pulling back Royston Drenthe for a penalty, but Adam Le Fondre's spot-kick was saved.

Reading levelled in the aftermath as John Lundstram put through his own net.

Joe Ralls saw red for felling Garath McCleary and Kieffer Moore went for a second booking but the Glovers held on.

The draw moved Yeovil off the bottom of the table on goal difference, following Barnsley's 5-0 defeat at Huddersfield.

Reading have dropped out of the play-off places, replaced by Wigan, after being left frustrated by a determined Somerset side.

The Royals went into the match having lost their two previous home games without scoring a goal, and will know Saturday's draw was a missed opportunity to return to winning ways.

Yeovil, now unbeaten in four matches, started well and were ahead on 20 minutes when Duffy headed into the net after Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy missed Luke Ayling's cross.

Pavel Pogrebnyak had a headed effort disallowed for offside for the hosts before the break, but Reading drew level after Webster was sent off for hauling back substitute Drenthe as he bore down on goal.

Le Fondre's resulting penalty was saved by Marek Stech but the hosts equalised from the ensuing goalmouth scramble when Lundstram's attempted clearance went over the line off the back of the grounded goalkeeper.

Yeovil were reduced to nine men soon after when midfielder Ralls was given his marching orders for a scything challenge on McCleary, and they were down to eight in the 88th minute after Moore's second yellow card, a foul on Chris Gunter.

Reading boss Nigel Adkins:

"We started the game very well but yet again conceded a poor goal and gave our opponents something to cling on to.

"Then we just started lumping the ball forward.

"When they were down to eight, we got in a lot of crosses and created a lot of chances. We only got one point, when we should have had three, but credit to Yeovil. We've got to pick ourselves up and go again. We're still in the mix."

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson:

"I've no complaints on the day. The sendings off were not for viciousness.

"The first one Webster was just misjudgement and the second and third were two young lads who were a bit overzealous in the tackle. If you do that, you're going to get a red card.

"It's a lesson learnt for all three of them. They put their team in trouble but they didn't mean to. It was more a question of mis-timing.

"With only eight players, I was very proud of the way we defended. There is a passion among all the players and they want to do all they can to keep Yeovil Town in the Championship. We'd like to stay there as long as we can and if we survive, it will be the club's biggest ever achievement."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 37Obita
  • 23Williams
  • 5Pearce
  • 17GorkssSubstituted forBlackmanat 82'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 12McCleary
  • 16AkpanBooked at 41minsSubstituted forGuthrieat 45'minutes
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 19Robson-KanuSubstituted forDrentheat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 10Drenthe
  • 20Guthrie
  • 22Blackman
  • 25Taylor
  • 35Hector

Yeovil

  • 1Stech
  • 2AylingBooked at 86mins
  • 3McAllisterSubstituted forLundstramat 57'minutes
  • 4EdwardsBooked at 77mins
  • 5WebsterBooked at 66mins
  • 15Duffy
  • 20HolmesSubstituted forOfori-Twumasiat 73'minutes
  • 19RallsBooked at 71mins
  • 13MooreBooked at 88mins
  • 9HayterSubstituted forPalazuelosat 69'minutes
  • 11LawrenceBooked at 31mins

Substitutes

  • 7Dawson
  • 8Palazuelos
  • 23Grant
  • 24Dunn
  • 26Ofori-Twumasi
  • 29Morgan
  • 31Lundstram
Referee:
Scott Mathieson
Attendance:
18,697

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamYeovil
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home30
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home21
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 1, Yeovil Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 1, Yeovil Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Guthrie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by John Lundstram.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

  9. Post update

    Ruben Palazuelos (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

  11. Post update

    Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town).

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

  15. Post update

    Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town).

  17. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town).

  19. Post update

    Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Booking

    Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester33235562323074
2Burnley331812352262666
3Derby33187860421861
4QPR32169738261257
5Nottm Forest331413654391555
6Wigan321571041301152
7Reading331491051381351
8Brighton32131093427749
9Ipswich33121294437748
10Blackburn321210103839-146
11Watford331112104839945
12Leeds32128124440444
13Huddersfield33127144544143
14Middlesbrough33913114137440
15Sheff Wed32912113938139
16Bournemouth32109134251-939
17Birmingham3399153942-336
18Bolton33812134149-836
19Blackpool33811142948-1935
20Doncaster3379172853-2530
21Millwall33610173161-3028
22Charlton3069152441-1727
23Yeovil3268182848-2026
24Barnsley32511163056-2626
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