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Reading 2-2 Huddersfield Town

By Adam WilliamsBBC Sport at Madejski Stadium
Ola John
Ola John's late strike was his first goal for Reading since signing on loan from Benfica in September

Reading were twice forced to come from behind to claim a draw at home against Huddersfield Town.

The Terriers led twice in the first half with Jamie Paterson's early goal and Nahki Wells' impressive finish.

Their strikes came either side of Oliver Norwood's free-kick for the hosts against his former club.

Mark Hudson missed an easy close-range chance to put Huddersfield out of reach before Reading substitute Ola John equalised late on.

The Royals missed the opportunity to return to the Championship's top six and are without a win in four games.

Huddersfield, who had lost their previous two games, led after just 64 seconds when Paterson slotted home after he and Wells exchanged passes to beat the offside trap.

Paterson almost doubled the lead inside five minutes after a driving run into the area from Harry Bunn, but Ali Al-Habsi palmed his shot behind.

Reading were fortunate to be level when Norwood caught Jed Steer out at his near post with a free-kick that the goalkeeper may have been anticipating as a cross.

Bunn was again the provider for Huddersfield's second, sending Wells through one-on-one and the former Bradford striker rifled a shot into the roof of the net.

Nick Blackman struck a post for Reading early in the second half, while Anton Ferdinand denied Wells a headed second goal with a well-timed aerial challenge on the edge of the six-yard box.

Al-Habsi almost presented Huddersfield with a gift of a third goal as he dropped a high ball at the feet of captain Hudson, but the centre-back was unable to keep the ball under the bar from just six yards out.

Netherlands international John eventually made the visitors pay for that missed chance, cutting inside from the left wing and firing in the equaliser with six minutes remaining.

Reading manager Steve Clarke: "I think you have to look at it as two points dropped at home. We shot ourselves in the foot in the first couple of minutes and made it difficult against what I thought was a good Huddersfield side, who were well organised.

"Having got back into the game at 1-1, we should then take control, but we didn't. We gave them the second goal shortly after and from there it was a difficult night and a struggle just to get back to 2-2.

"It's a game that last year we would have definitely lost. How important a point that turns out to be, we'll find out come May."

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell: "I feel a bit frustrated and disappointed that we couldn't hold out, but I'm sure when I wake up tomorrow I'll recognise it's a good point against a very good Reading side.

"We couldn't hold out. We had a side and a squad that were down to 18 really and had two players making their first league starts who did ever so well.

"Reading had a lot of possession and after having such a very good start, we were pegged back in the second half. Our defensive qualities came out and it's just a shame we couldn't hold on for the three points."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 11Obita
  • 6Norwood
  • 12McClearySubstituted forat 45'minutes
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forJohnat 74'minutes
  • 17PiazonSubstituted forFernández Iglesiasat 45'minutes
  • 7Vydra
  • 22BlackmanBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 3Taylor
  • 10
  • 16Hurtado
  • 19Fernández Iglesias
  • 20John
  • 35Cooper

Huddersfield

  • 1Steer
  • 14Cranie
  • 5Hudson
  • 33LynchBooked at 77mins
  • 3Davidson
  • 22DempseyBooked at 67minsSubstituted forSmithat 89'minutes
  • 29Billing
  • 16Huws
  • 8PatersonSubstituted forLolleyat 45'minutes
  • 21WellsSubstituted forVaughanat 80'minutes
  • 17BunnBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 9Vaughan
  • 10Carayol
  • 13Murphy
  • 15M Wallace
  • 18Lolley
  • 36Bojaj
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
14,379

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home19
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 2, Huddersfield Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 2, Huddersfield Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ola John.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

  6. Post update

    Ola John (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Martin Cranie (Huddersfield Town).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ola John (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Orlando Sá.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Tommy Smith replaces Kyle Dempsey.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Álex Fernández (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 2, Huddersfield Town 2. Ola John (Reading) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Orlando Sá (Reading).

  14. Post update

    Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Álex Fernández (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Lolley.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ola John (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Huddersfield Town. Martin Cranie tries a through ball, but James Vaughan is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Paul McShane (Reading).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull159422381531
2Burnley159422314931
3Brighton158701911831
4Middlesbrough159332491530
5Derby1586122101230
6Birmingham157441915425
7Reading156632315824
8Sheff Wed156631916324
9Cardiff155731512322
10Ipswich155641821-321
11Fulham155552723420
12Brentford156272022-220
13QPR155462224-219
14Wolves155372021-118
15Blackburn153751414016
16Preston153751113-216
17Leeds153751319-616
18Huddersfield153661620-415
19Nottm Forest153571116-514
20MK Dons154291321-814
21Bristol City153571726-914
22Bolton151771022-1210
23Charlton152491125-1410
24Rotherham1523101528-139
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