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Reading 0-0 Blackburn Rovers

Jem Karacan and Ben May
Reading's Jem Karacan challenges Blackburn's Ben May

Reading did not enjoy the best preparation for next week's FA Cup semi-final as they drew against Blackburn at the Madejski Stadium.

Looking for their first Championship win in five matches before their trip to Wembley to face Arsenal, Reading had the better of the first half.

Substitute Hope Akpan almost won the game for Reading with a header from a corner that was bundled off the line.

Jem Karacan made his first start for Reading in 16 months after injury.

The closest Blackburn, beaten by Liverpool in mid-week in the FA Cup as they missed out on a semi-final against Aston Villa, came to making the breakthrough was a cross from Ben Marshall that goalkeeper Adam Federici was forced to push over.

Hal Robson-Kanu also went close for Reading, who enter Wembley next week with just two wins from their last 11 league games.

Reading host leaders Bournemouth on Tuesday in their last game before going to Wembley next Saturday.

Reading manager Steve Clarke:

"We're now three games unbeaten, with three draws. We'd much rather there was a win in there but we're proving a little bit more difficult to beat now. We certainly want to continue that against Bournemouth.

"There's a fantastic excitement around the club but, for us, the next game is Tuesday night. We have to focus on that first.

"Today, I was pleased with the team. It's the first time in a few weeks that I've sat at the side of the pitch and felt that we had control of the game. The only thing that was missing was a goal."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer said:

"We've got more or less a team missing because of injuries and these players are doing ever so well.

"To come away from home and keep a clean sheet is a massive positive. We've still got plenty to play for this season. Our players are honest and they want to improve.

"People now judge your character. The end of the season tests your mental strength and our players showed that today."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 2Gunter
  • 43Aké
  • 5Pearce
  • 15Hector
  • 12McClearySubstituted forAkpanat 84'minutes
  • 14Chalobah
  • 21KaracanSubstituted forNorwoodat 73'minutes
  • 9Robson-KanuBooked at 90mins
  • 19Mackie
  • 7PogrebnyakSubstituted forAppiahat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Norwood
  • 16Akpan
  • 20Aiyegbeni
  • 22Blackman
  • 31Andersen
  • 35Cooper
  • 44Appiah

Blackburn

  • 13Eastwood
  • 2Henley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 3Spurr
  • 14Olsson
  • 10CairneySubstituted forTaylorat 65'minutes
  • 17WilliamsonBooked at 81mins
  • 25Spearing
  • 12Marshall
  • 11Rhodes
  • 9Brown

Substitutes

  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 20Songo'o
  • 21Taylor
  • 26Lenihan
  • 29Evans
  • 30Steele
  • 32Conway
Referee:
Michael Bull
Attendance:
17,564

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home15
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Marshall.

Attempt blocked. Hope Akpan (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Mackie (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

Attempt missed. Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

Booking

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

Offside, Reading. Nathaniel Chalobah tries a through ball, but Kwesi Appiah is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Adam Henley.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Hope Akpan replaces Garath McCleary.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Kwesi Appiah replaces Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Booking

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Adam Henley.

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Marshall.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Oliver Norwood replaces Jem Karacan.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Adam Henley.

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Paul Taylor replaces Tom Cairney.

Delay in match Garath McCleary (Reading) because of an injury.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Adam Federici.

Foul by Nathan Aké (Reading).

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Adam Henley.

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth422311889434680
2Norwich422310981443779
3Watford422471184483679
4Middlesbrough422391062323078
5Derby4220121074462872
6Ipswich4220111164481671
7Brentford422181371561571
8Wolves4220111163511271
9Nottm Forest421513146559658
10Blackburn411513135450458
11Charlton421317125154-356
12Cardiff421413155155-455
13Sheff Wed421316133844-655
14Birmingham411314144961-1253
15Leeds421410184756-952
16Huddersfield421312175269-1751
17Bolton421310195160-949
18Reading411211184463-1947
19Brighton421015174350-745
20Fulham42129215475-2145
21Rotherham421013194264-2243
22Wigan42812223757-2036
23Millwall41812213567-3236
24Blackpool42413253483-4925
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