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Reading 0-0 Milton Keynes Dons

Orlando Sa
Reading striker Orlando Sa had a first-half goal ruled out for offside

Reading remain without a home win in seven games as their first-ever league meeting with MK Dons finished goalless.

Simon Church struck a post for MK Dons against his former club in the first half, after Orlando Sa's header was ruled offside for Reading.

Oliver Norwood and Nick Blackman were denied by Dons keeper David Martin after the interval.

A second goalless draw at home this season for the Royals means they have won just once in 14 league games.

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Karl Robinson: MK Dons boss on Reading draw.

Manager Steve Clarke will wonder how his side failed to score once again in front of their own supporters, after creating the majority of the chances against the Dons, who were promoted last season.

Church's left-foot shot against the foot of the post was the best the visitors could fashion in the opening 45 minutes.

Sa was at the heart of Reading's best efforts and twice saw goal-bound shots blocked in the first half.

Hal Robson-Kanu also brought out a point blank save from Martin after Sa's shot deflected into his path.

Reading midfielder Norwood showed his shooting prowess in both halves but Martin reacted well to parry a first-half effort before pushing behind a low strike after the interval.

Reading v MK Dons
MK Dons remain unbeaten away from home in the Championship this season

The 29-year-old was alert once more to save substitute Blackman's drive and ensure a first away clean sheet of the season for Karl Robinson's Dons.

Reading manager Steve Clarke: "Frustrated isn't the right word. It was another solid performance, no doubt we controlled the game from start to finish.

"We had another 20 attempts at goal, seven or eight of them on target. Every game this season is almost like the carbon copy of the one before.

"But, as I said to the players in the dressing room, if they continue to play like this, the goals will come for sure."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio: "I thought we really eliminated their chances. I think they showed us tremendous respect and played a system today they've also played away from home.

"We didn't expect them to play that way. It's difficult to play against, but I thought the way the players conducted themselves against it, we've actually come the closest to scoring in the game.

"Tactically, I thought the players got it perfectly well. I thought it was a comfortable draw and they didn't threaten us too much towards the end."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Bond
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 11Obita
  • 6Norwood
  • 18TshibolaBooked at 56minsSubstituted forCoxat 69'minutes
  • 23Williams
  • 21QuinnSubstituted forFernández Iglesiasat 86'minutes
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forBlackmanat 69'minutes
  • 10

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 8Hector
  • 19Fernández Iglesias
  • 22Blackman
  • 26Al Habsi
  • 31Cox
  • 37Stacey

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 68mins
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 8Potter
  • 39PoyetBooked at 64mins
  • 38HallSubstituted forBakerat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14CarruthersSubstituted forPowellat 60'minutes
  • 9Bowditch
  • 11ChurchSubstituted forGallagherat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 4Upson
  • 7Baker
  • 13Gallagher
  • 17Powell
  • 22Cropper
  • 31Murphy
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
16,547

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home20
Away3
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, MK Dons 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, MK Dons 0.

Attempt missed. Paul McShane (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood following a set piece situation.

Booking

Carl Baker (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Carl Baker (MK Dons).

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

Jordan Spence (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

Diego Poyet (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Álex Fernández replaces Stephen Quinn.

Attempt missed. Anton Ferdinand (Reading) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stephen Quinn with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Sam Gallagher.

Foul by Daniel Powell (MK Dons).

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

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Reading. Jordan Obita tries a through ball, but Orlando Sá is caught offside.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (MK Dons).

Anton Ferdinand (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by David Martin.

Attempt saved. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Daniel Williams.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Williams.

Hand ball by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

Attempt blocked. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Carl Baker replaces Robert Hall.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Simon Cox replaces Aaron Tshibola.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

Booking

Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

Orlando Sá (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Sam Gallagher replaces Simon Church.

Attempt missed. Paul McShane (Reading) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by David Martin.

Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Williams.

Booking

Diego Poyet (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Diego Poyet (MK Dons).

Aaron Tshibola (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ipswich431084410
2Brighton431052310
3Charlton42205238
4MK Dons42115237
5Hull42116427
6QPR42119817
7Cardiff41306426
8Middlesbrough41214225
9Birmingham31205415
10Sheff Wed41215415
11Nottm Forest41213305
12Preston41212205
13Burnley412145-15
14Brentford31116514
15Leeds40404404
16Derby40403304
17Wolves411257-24
18Bristol City411258-34
19Reading403123-13
20Huddersfield403135-23
21Fulham402246-22
22Blackburn402235-22
23Bolton402215-42
24Rotherham4013410-61
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