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16:57 30th April 2011

Report: Draw secures play-off place

Coventry 0
Reading 0

The Royals secured their place in this season's npower Championship play-offs with a 0-0 draw at Coventry.

It was a cagey game of few chances, and although City had more possession, we had the best chance when Shane Long fired over in the first half.

Adam Federici was back in the team and made three or four important stops, particularly from the lively Marlon King, and a point was enough to ensure we will take part in the play-offs come the end of the season, a great effort considering we were in 12th position on 12th February.

We have only lost once in 15 League games, and will now look forward to our final home game with Derby ahead of a two-legged semi final against opponents to be decided next weekend.

Reading (4-4-2): Federici; Griffin, Harte, Khizanishvili, Mills (c); Leigertwood, Karacan, Antonio (Howard 60), McAnuff; Hunt (Robson-Kanu 77), Long
Subs: McCarthy, Pearce, Tabb, Church, Manset
Booked: Mills (foul 72)

Coventry (4-4-2): Quirke; Clarke, Hussey, Cranie (Wood 83), Keogh; Clingan (c), Gunnarsson, Bell, Baker; Jutkiewicz (Platt 88), King
Subs: Burge, O'Halloran, Deegan, McIndoe, Eastwood
Booked: Bell (foul 80), Clingan (foul 89)

Ref: J Linington

Attendance: 22,436 (2,879 away)

Starting XI team news
Reading made two changes; Adam Federici and Michail Antonio coming into the starting line-up in place of Alex McCarthy and Hal Robson-Kanu. Jimmy Kebe again missed out as he was not 100% fit.

First half
City began the game with a spring in their step, and first Lukas Jutkiewicz shot straight at Adam Federici before Aron Gunnarsson curled a well-worked effort not too far over.

But after that initial Sky Blue burst, Reading came into the game and Shane Long should have scored but blazed a long way over after creating a very good chance for himself.

Then Noel Hunt produced an excellent header that Michael Quirke got down well to save low to his right in what was only his second League start.

After a spell where chances were at a premium, City forced Adam Federici into a very smart save, the Australian getting across to his left hand side well and palming away David Bell's volley from 18 yards.

As the board for injury timme up Michail Antonio had a very good sight of goal but again Quirke stood tall and made the save to ensure it was goalless at the break.

Second half
The Sky Blues started the second half the brighter, and Jutkiewicz backheeled an effort not too far wide of the upright early in the period.

Marlon King then hit a very good effort that Federici could only watch fly narrowly wide of his right hand post.

The game lacked a real tempo, and we brought on Brian Howard on the hour in a bid to further enhance our attacking play as we moved to a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Federici then made a good save from a Clingan free kick with 72 gone, and smartly smothered the rebound as well. He then made another excellent save from King, who was given offside in any event.

Reading had decent possession but couldn't get a clear chance, then King hit another decent effort that deflected wide, David Bell heading a good delivery wide.

Down the other end Ian Harte put in an excellent cross than was just cleared away from sub Hal Robson-Kanu.

The game petered out somewhat, but that was of no concern to us as we took the point required to see us finish in the top six this season.

    Data provided by Press Association