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Reading 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

James Henry
James Henry scored the only goal when Wolves beat Reading 1-0 at Molineux on Boxing Day

Reading made it five Championship games without a win as they played out a goalless draw against Wolves at the Madejski Stadium.

The hosts had an early opening when Garath McCleary teed up Hal Robson-Kanu but Danny Batth was on hand to block.

James Henry almost gave Wolves the lead against his former club, only for his 20-yard effort to fly wide.

Paul McShane stopped Wolves stealing a late winner with a fine tackle to prevent Bjorn Sigurdarson shooting.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett dropped £3m January signing Joe Mason - who scored within three minutes of his debut against Bolton - from his starting line-up.

But the result meant that the visitors, who won 1-0 against Reading on Boxing Day at Molineux, moved up a place to 11th in the table, but ended their league-leading streak of scoring in 11 consecutive games.

Reading also improved a place to 15th by virtue of goal difference after Leeds United lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest.

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Jackett on Reading v Wolves

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett:

"We need a really good run. It's not impossible and we have keep driving forward.

"We won four games on the trot not so long ago, going from mid-table to floating around the edge of the play-offs. We're close to being a very good side.

"It was a hard battle today but it was a good performance from us. We controlled long spells of the game but couldn't quite get that goal."

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McDermott on Reading v Wolves

Reading boss Brian McDermott:

"It was a tough battle in horrible conditions.

"Sometimes you get a clean sheet and a point, you take it and you move on.

"Wolves got a lot of men behind the ball but I didn't expect them to come here, play an open game and take us on."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShaneBooked at 84mins
  • 35Cooper
  • 11Obita
  • 23Williams
  • 6Norwood
  • 12McClearySubstituted forJohnat 59'minutes
  • 7VydraSubstituted forRakelsat 79'minutes
  • 9Robson-Kanu
  • 29Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 8Hector
  • 10Rakels
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 17Piazon
  • 20John
  • 21Quinn

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 18Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 2Doherty
  • 8SavilleBooked at 70mins
  • 11McDonald
  • 16CoadyBooked at 20mins
  • 17van La ParraSubstituted forByrneat 79'minutes
  • 22Sigurdarson
  • 7Henry

Substitutes

  • 10Mason
  • 13McCarey
  • 15Rowe
  • 19Price
  • 25Byrne
  • 28Deslandes
  • 29Le Fondre
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
17,771

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Chris Gunter (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Williams.

Booking

Paul McShane (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Paul McShane.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Paul McShane.

Attempt blocked. Björn Sigurdarson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Byrne with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Deniss Rakels replaces Matej Vydra.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nathan Byrne replaces Rajiv van La Parra.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Oliver Norwood (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

Attempt missed. Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by George Saville with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

Attempt missed. Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Danny Batth.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Ola John replaces Garath McCleary.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull29175745192656
2Middlesbrough28175638152356
3Burnley301510548262255
4Brighton29141143728953
5Derby301312540261451
6Sheff Wed301311645331250
7Ipswich3013983937248
8Birmingham3013893830847
9Cardiff30111273833545
10Nottm Forest30101283125642
11Wolves301010103940-140
12Brentford30117124244-240
13QPR3091293635139
14Preston3091292728-139
15Reading3099123333036
16Leeds30812102934-536
17Huddersfield3088144044-432
18Blackburn2861392525031
19Fulham29611124449-529
20Bristol City30610142547-2228
21MK Dons2976162341-1827
22Rotherham3074193655-1925
23Bolton30412142849-2124
24Charlton3059162656-3024
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