Steve Clarke’s Reading and Uwe Rosler’s Leeds United had to settle for a point each at the Madejski this afternoon as both sides failed to find the net and earn their first wins of the season (First published on AllSportsNews)
The home side were looking to improve upon their performance from last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Birmingham City. While Leeds United were aiming to bounce back from Thursday’s surprising loss to Doncaster Rovers in the Capital One Cup.
Reading enjoyed early spells of possession during the first half, and managed to force the Leeds set-up to commit early fouls, with skipper Sol Bamba receiving a booking two minutes into the tie.
However Leeds were soon able to get a foothold on the game, with striker Chris Wood launching dangerous shots in the direction of Jonathan Bond’s goal.
The New Zealand international continued to produce impressive displays, bringing the best out of Kalvin Philips to launch a daring cross into the Reading area, only for the home side to dispatch the attempt.
Leeds continued to press Reading, but the home side launched a few daring counter attacks, with Stuart Dallas coming closest thanks to a Sam Byram cross.
Going into the second half, the visitors continued to enjoy the spoils of possession, as Chris Wood maintained pressure on the Reading defense.
Reading could have perhaps taken the lead through Paul McShane, but the former Hull City defender managed to head Oliver Norwood’s cross wide of the Leeds goal.
The afternoon continued to produce an array of missed opportunities from both sides, with Blackman and Jordan Obita failing to put the hosts ahead after misfiring key passes.
The final 20 minutes of the match produced a lively response from both teams, with Wood’s attempt for Leeds veering too far to the right of the Reading area.
Daniel Williams right footed shot in the 71st minute proved to be too ambitious, and soared high and wide to the left of the away goal.
Wood came close in the final ten minutes as his turn and volley attempt hit the roof of the net, while Obita’s injury time freekick was kept out by Marco Silvestri, marking an uninspiring draw.
Sunday’s tie however will perhaps be remembered for the moment when 21,581 fans in the stadium gave a standing ovation in the 21st minute to Eamonn Dolan.
Reading’s academy manager is currently undergoing chemotherapy following an operation to remove a tumor from his bladder.