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Royals and Terriers draw

29 March 2014

Royals and Terriers draw

Reading 1 (Pogrebnyak 7 (pen)) 
Huddersfield 1 (Wells 3)

Reading remained sixth in the Sky Bet Championship table after a 1-1 home draw with Huddersfield. 

It was an even game, with two early goals and then a number of good saves from both goalkeepers. 

Nahki Wells opened the scoring on three minutes, only for Pavel Pogrebnyak to slot home a penalty after Jobi McAnuff was felled four minutes later. 

Alex McCarthy then made a couple of excellent stops and Wells hit the woodwork, before Pogrebnyak forced Alex Smithies into a brilliant save after the best move of the match. 

The second half was a tighter affair, and Jordan Obita cleared one off the line before another excellent McCarthy stop, while Reading pushed for a late winner but were denied by Smithies and his defence. 

With other results going in our favour, not a single team in the top ten moved position, so the drama of the play-offs looks even more likely to go all the way. 

Reading: McCarthy; Gunter, Obita, Morrison, Pearce, Hector, Williams (Akpan 81), McCleary (Drenthe 58), McAnuff, Robson-Kanu (Le Fondre 73), Pogrebnyak 
Subs: Federici, Kelly, Gorkss, J Taylor 
Booked: McCleary (foul 17) 

Huddersfield: Smithies, Smith, Dixon, Clarke, Gerrard (Wallace HT), Clayton, Norwood, Ward (Scannell 75), Hammill, Gobern, Wells 
Subs: Bennett, Holmes, Woods, Hogg, Bunn 
Booked: Smith (foul 1) 

Attendance: 17,649 (643 away) 

Ref: K Stroud 

Starting XI team news
After the 3-1 defeat to Barnsley, Nigel Adkins made four changes, bringing Sean Morrison back in defence after injury, while Michael Hector and Danny Williams lined up in central midfield and Hal Robson-Kanu came in just behind the striker. 

First half
The game exploded into life, with Huddersfield taking a very early lead as Nahki Wells raced onto a ball over the top and produced an excellent finish. 

But we responded well, and Jobi McAnuff was brought down for a penalty well converted by Pavel Pogrebnyak with still only seven minutes gone. 

Then Alex McCarthy produced a brilliant save to keep out a long range effort, before Wells hit the woodwork with an excellent effort that McCarthy perhaps got a hand to. 

Midway through the half Wells forced McCarthy into another fine save and it was certainly a lively opening period. 

Reading then produced a fantastic move down the right to fashion a chance for Pogrebnyak, and it needed a brilliant Alex Smithies save to keep it out. 

Hector soon struck an excellent effort that bounced off the visiting 'keeper, before he headed over on the stretch from a corner on 35 minutes. 

It was an open affair, and Jordan Obita did well down the left to fashion an eventual chance for McAnuff, but Smithies saved. 

Huddersfield remained dangerous though, and Alex Pearce did well to step in and clear a dangerous run into our area just before half time. 

Second half
Town made a change at the break, Murray Wallace replacing the injured Anthony Gerrard at the back. 

And with the game tight, just before the hour Royston Drenthe was introduced in place of Garath McCleary. 

McCarthy then had to produce another excellent low save to keep out Danny Ward, and the visitors were lively in possession. 

As the game entered its final quarter it became a nervier affair, and Reading had to thank Obita for a superb clearance off the line with ten minutes left. 

Reading were pushing late on, and Hector was denied a run at goal by a good tackle just inside the box, then Pogrebnyak saw a ball just get away from him as Smithies came out. 

And then in injury time Sean Morrison's header was not too far wide, although Smithies had it covered. And that was that. 

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