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Brentford 1-1 Reading

Josh Clarke
Josh Clarke opened the scoring with his first league goal since 28 October 2016

Brentford remain without a win in the Championship this season after Reading held them to a draw at Griffin Park.

Josh Clarke exchanged passes with Neal Maupay and blasted in from a tight angle to give Brentford an early lead.

Reading improved in the second half and levelled through Liam Kelly's penalty after Rico Henry pushed Tyler Blackett to the ground from a free-kick.

Sone Aluko went close to finding a winner for the away side, grazing the bar with a powerful shot from 30 yards.

The Bees have been continually frustrated in their efforts to turn promising performances into wins this season and this match followed a familiar theme.

Clarke gave the hosts a lead their play deserved before Maupay forced goalkeeper Vito Mannone into a good stop.

Jaap Stam's side found their rhythm after the break, with Kelly bright on the wing and substitute Roy Beerens forcing Daniel Bentley into a flying stop.

Brentford's Florian Jozefzoon dragged a shot wide while clean through, Ollie Watkins fired over and Andreas Bjelland was twice denied by Mannone before Aluko went close to taking the points for Reading.

Brentford manager Dean Smith:

"Two of our boys have been tackled from behind and we get nothing.

"Three of their players were already on bookings and some of the tackles were just allowed to go on. All we are asking for is consistency. I didn't think the referee was very good today.

"We are talking about five big decisions and only one has been given and that can't be right at this level with professional officials.

"That was probably the most frustrated I've been because a lot of the decisions didn't go our way and I couldn't even have a conversation with the fourth official."

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"We are very pleased because we had a hard time in the first half and didn't play to our usual standards.

"Our choices on the ball were not good enough and we gave the ball away too quickly, and that is dangerous with the players Brentford have.

"You always want to win but sometimes you have to be honest with yourself and perhaps if Sone Aluko's shot at the end had gone in you might have asked was it deserved or not. Maybe not, but that's how it goes."

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bentley
  • 20Clarke
  • 14EganBooked at 66mins
  • 5Bjelland
  • 3HenryBooked at 69mins
  • 12MokotjoSubstituted forMcEachranat 74'minutes
  • 15Woods
  • 7JozefzoonSubstituted forArchibaldat 88'minutes
  • 19SawyersSubstituted forYennarisat 74'minutes
  • 11Watkins
  • 9MaupayBooked at 72mins

Substitutes

  • 8Yennaris
  • 10McEachran
  • 25Archibald
  • 27Shaibu
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Barbet
  • 33Mepham

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Mannone
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShaneBooked at 5mins
  • 6Moore
  • 24BlackettSubstituted forObitaat 70'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 16EdwardsBooked at 34mins
  • 4van den Berg
  • 14Aluko
  • 38KellySubstituted forBacunaat 77'minutes
  • 12McClearyBooked at 25mins
  • 23BödvarssonSubstituted forBeerensat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Beerens
  • 8Evans
  • 11Obita
  • 19Bacuna
  • 20Ilori
  • 22Clement
  • 31Jaakkola
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
9,739

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamReading
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home20
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 1, Reading 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Reading 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

  4. Post update

    Ollie Watkins (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Sone Aluko (Reading) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Rico Henry with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

  8. Post update

    Theo Archibald (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Theo Archibald replaces Florian Jozefzoon.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading).

  11. Post update

    Ryan Woods (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joey van den Berg (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford).

  14. Post update

    Leandro Bacuna (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Neal Maupay (Brentford).

  16. Post update

    Vito Mannone (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

  18. Post update

    Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andreas Bjelland (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andreas Bjelland (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds85211431117
2Wolves8521138517
3Cardiff8521127517
4Preston843193615
5Ipswich7502128415
6Sheff Utd850386215
7Middlesbrough8422105514
8Bristol City83411510513
9Sheff Wed8341107313
10Nottm Forest84041113-212
11QPR83231212011
12Norwich8323812-411
13Aston Villa8242109110
14Fulham824287110
15Derby73131111010
16Millwall823311929
17Hull82241415-18
18Reading722367-18
19Burton8224615-98
20Barnsley7214811-37
21Sunderland8134712-56
22Brentford8044712-54
23Birmingham8116412-84
24Bolton8026416-122
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