Coventry 0-0 Reading

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Coventry   0 - 0   Reading

Coventry v Reading

Coventry 0-0 Reading

Reading confirmed their place in the Championship play-offs after claiming a point in an entertaining stalemate with Coventry at the Ricoh Arena.

The Royals knew a point would be enough to seal a top-six league finish.

But it was clear neither they, nor Coventry, were happy to just settle for a draw in a game of numerous chances.

Shane Long and Noel Hunt went close for Reading, while Marlon King and Richard Keogh had the best opportunities for Coventry, who are secure in 17th place.

With a play-off spot sealed, Reading can look to the future with optimism, but equally Coventry have reason to be hopeful after such a positive display in Andy Thorn's since being confirmed as their permanent manager.

The home side had the better of the opening exchanges and fashioned a number of opening that saw Lukas Jutkiewicz and Carl Baker, twice, go close.

Reading hit back and should have gone ahead through Long in the 16th minute, but the striker took too long to control the ball before firing over from 12 yards.

With regular keeper Keiren Westwood injured, City called upon Michael Quirke in goal and the youngster did well to parry Hunt's header and block Michail Antonio's effort after he ran clear on goal.

At the other end, David Bell's volley forced a superb save from Royals keeper Adam Federici.

The second half began as the first had ended, with Jutkiewicz rolling an early chance wide for City.

After that though, the first real lull of the game followed until Sammy Clingan's free-kick forced a solid save from Federici with 20 minute to go.

The Australian keeper then made superb block to deny King, who was subsequently flagged offside, before the striker saw another shot take a deflection and fly narrowly off target.

From the resulting corner Keogh should have broken the deadlock but could only head wide from six yards, ensuring the encounter remained goalless.

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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Coventry 0-0 Reading FT
(HT 0-0)

      Coventry

      • 33 Quirke
      • 02 Keogh
      • 14 Hussey
      • 15 Cranie (Wood 85)
      • 26 Clarke
      • 04 Clingan yellow card
      • 07 Bell
      • 17 Gunnarsson yellow card
      • 18 Baker
      • 09 King
      • 11 Jutkiewicz (Platt 90)

      Substitutes

      • 13 Burge,
      • 03 O'Halloran,
      • 24 Wood,
      • 12 Deegan,
      • 21 McIndoe,
      • 10 Eastwood,
      • 22 Platt

      Reading

      • 01 Federici
      • 02 Griffin
      • 05 Mills yellow card
      • 15 Khizanishvili
      • 23 Harte
      • 04 Karacan
      • 08 Leigertwood
      • 11 McAnuff
      • 17 Antonio (Howard 61)
      • 09 Long
      • 10 Hunt (Robson-Kanu 77)

      Substitutes

      • 41 McCarthy,
      • 26 Pearce,
      • 07 Tabb,
      • 19 Robson-Kanu,
      • 20 Howard,
      • 18 Church,
      • 45 Manset
      Ref: LiningtonAtt: 22,436
      COVENTRY
      READING

      Possession

      • Coventry 56%
      • Reading 44%

      Attempts on target

      • Coventry 6
      • Reading 6

      Attempts off target

      • Coventry 9
      • Reading 3

      Corners

      • Coventry 7
      • Reading 9

      Fouls

      • Coventry 11
      • Reading 13
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:05 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
      • 90:00+2:15 The ball is crossed by Carl Baker, clearance made by Matt Mills.
      • 90:00+2:08 A cross is delivered by Aron Gunnarsson.
      • 90:00+1:35 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Quirke.
      • 90:00+1:07 Mikele Leigertwood restarts play with the free kick.
      • 90:00+1:07 Booking Sammy Clingan receives a yellow card.
      • 90:00+0:46 Foul by Sammy Clingan on Brian Howard, free kick awarded.
      • 89:09 Chris Hussey takes the direct free kick.
      • 89:09 Substitution (Coventry) makes a substitution, with Clive Platt coming on for Lukas Jutkiewicz.
      • 89:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sammy Clingan by Hal Robson-Kanu.
      • 87:06 Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Richard Wood gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Brian Howard.
      • 83:33 Substitution Richard Wood is brought on as a substitute for Martin Cranie.
      • 83:33 The ball is crossed by Ian Harte, Chris Hussey makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard.
      • 83:15 Hal Robson-Kanu crosses the ball, clearance by Martin Cranie.
      • 82:37 Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Cranie. Martin Cranie takes the free kick.
      • 80:21 Marlon King takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Mills. Sammy Clingan takes the outswinging corner, Richard Keogh has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
      • 79:32 Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
      • 79:32 Booking Caution for Aron Gunnarsson.
      • 79:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Bell on Brian Howard.
      • 78:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lukas Jutkiewicz by Andy Griffin. Chris Hussey restarts play with the free kick.
      • 76:26 Substitution Hal Robson-Kanu comes on in place of Noel Hunt.
      • 75:15 Noel Hunt takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Keogh.
      • 75:09 A cross is delivered by Shane Long.
      • 74:30 The offside flag is raised against Marlon King. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
      • 72:53 Foul by Andy Griffin on Lukas Jutkiewicz, free kick awarded. Chris Hussey restarts play with the free kick.
      • 71:22 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Sammy Clingan, save by Adam Federici.
      • 71:22 Booking Booking for Matt Mills.
      • 71:09 Aron Gunnarsson fouled by Matt Mills, the ref awards a free kick.
      • 69:03 Foul by Carl Baker on Mikele Leigertwood, free kick awarded. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
      • 67:29 Centre by Carl Baker, clearance by Matt Mills.
      • 66:45 A cross is delivered by Marlon King, Andy Griffin gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the right by-line played to the near post.
      • 66:02 The ball is swung over by Jem Karacan, clearance made by Richard Keogh. Floated corner taken by Ian Harte from the left by-line played to the near post, Richard Keogh makes a clearance.
      • 63:36 The ball is crossed by Ian Harte, clearance made by Chris Hussey. Corner taken by Brian Howard from the right by-line played to the near post, Richard Keogh makes a clearance.
      • 63:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Aron Gunnarsson. Mikele Leigertwood takes the direct free kick.
      • 62:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Mills on Marlon King. Chris Hussey takes the direct free kick.
      • 60:11 Substitution Brian Howard joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michail Antonio.
      • 57:08 Michail Antonio sends in a cross.
      • 54:41 The ball is sent over by Marlon King, Adam Federici makes a fantastic save. Corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Harte by Aron Gunnarsson. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
      • 54:09 Noel Hunt is caught offside. Richard Keogh takes the free kick.
      • 53:20 Matt Mills concedes a free kick for a foul on Marlon King. Martin Cranie restarts play with the free kick.
      • 52:07 Noel Hunt sends in a cross.
      • 51:36 Shot from just outside the box by Marlon King misses to the left of the goal.
      • 49:55 The ball is crossed by Carl Baker, clearance made by Zurab Khizanishvili.
      • 48:54 Foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Aron Gunnarsson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Martin Cranie.
      • 48:25 A cross is delivered by Jordan Clarke.
      • 47:59 The ball is sent over by David Bell.
      • 46:13 A cross is delivered by Sammy Clingan, clearance by Zurab Khizanishvili.
      • 45:28 Aron Gunnarsson delivers the ball.
      • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:26 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
      • 45:00+0:31 Michail Antonio takes a shot. Save made by Michael Quirke. Jobi McAnuff takes a floated corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Chris Hussey.
      • 44:08 Unfair challenge on Chris Hussey by Michail Antonio results in a free kick. Michael Quirke restarts play with the free kick.
      • 42:35 Carl Baker takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
      • 41:57 The ball is delivered by Noel Hunt, save made by Michael Quirke.
      • 41:16 David Bell challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ian Harte from left channel.
      • 40:14 Chris Hussey produces a cross, clearance made by Zurab Khizanishvili.
      • 39:25 Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
      • 38:25 The ball is crossed by Carl Baker, Matt Mills makes a clearance. Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a comfortable save.
      • 37:30 David Bell has a volleyed shot. Adam Federici makes a fantastic save. Sammy Clingan takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Matt Mills.
      • 36:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Clarke by Noel Hunt. Michael Quirke takes the free kick.
      • 36:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jem Karacan by Aron Gunnarsson. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
      • 33:10 Unfair challenge on Noel Hunt by Sammy Clingan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
      • 32:26 A cross is delivered by Carl Baker, clearance made by Ian Harte.
      • 30:04 The ball is swung over by Chris Hussey.
      • 28:22 Sammy Clingan takes a inswinging corner. Lukas Jutkiewicz has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
      • 26:45 Marlon King fouled by Andy Griffin, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Hussey takes the free kick.
      • 26:12 The ball is crossed by Carl Baker, save by Adam Federici.
      • 23:22 Jobi McAnuff crosses the ball. Handball by Ian Harte. Michael Quirke takes the free kick.
      • 21:34 Foul by Sammy Clingan on Noel Hunt, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Ian Harte from the free kick, save by Michael Quirke. Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte, Martin Cranie makes a clearance. Corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line, Michael Quirke makes a brilliant save.
      • 20:33 The ball is crossed by Jobi McAnuff, Martin Cranie fouled by Shane Long, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Quirke.
      • 19:44 Chris Hussey fouled by Michail Antonio, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sammy Clingan.
      • 19:33 The ball is crossed by David Bell, Zurab Khizanishvili makes a clearance.
      • 18:49 Carl Baker produces a cross, Headed effort on goal by Martin Cranie from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
      • 18:16 Carl Baker produces a cross, clearance made by Andy Griffin. Corner taken short by Sammy Clingan.
      • 17:48 Shane Long has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
      • 16:56 Centre by Michail Antonio, Noel Hunt takes a shot. Brilliant save by Michael Quirke. Inswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, clearance by Martin Cranie.
      • 15:38 Effort on goal by Shane Long from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
      • 15:27 The ball is sent over by Michail Antonio, clearance by Martin Cranie.
      • 13:24 The ball is swung over by Andy Griffin, Jordan Clarke manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, Shane Long takes a shot. Comfortable save by Michael Quirke.
      • 13:05 Michail Antonio produces a cross, clearance made by Martin Cranie.
      • 11:34 Shot from just outside the box by Marlon King misses to the right of the goal.
      • 10:47 Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
      • 10:41 A cross is delivered by Lukas Jutkiewicz.
      • 10:29 Carl Baker produces a cross, Andy Griffin manages to make a clearance.
      • 9:50 Outswinging corner taken by Sammy Clingan.
      • 8:51 David Bell produces a cross.
      • 7:47 Carl Baker takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici. Sammy Clingan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jem Karacan. Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
      • 6:44 Shot from just outside the box by Michail Antonio misses to the right of the target.
      • 4:02 Carl Baker produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
      • 2:53 Effort from outside the penalty box by Lukas Jutkiewicz goes wide left of the goal.
      • 1:21 Shane Long fouled by Martin Cranie, the ref awards a free kick. Matt Mills takes the free kick.
      • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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      30 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

      Npower Championship table snapshot

      As it stood on 30 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 QPR 45 40 88
      2 Norwich 44 24 80
      3 Cardiff 44 25 79
      4 Swansea 45 23 77
      5 Reading 45 25 74
      6 Nott'm Forest 45 16 72
      7 Leeds 45 10 69
      8 Millwall 45 15 67
      9 Burnley 45 4 67
      10 Hull 45 4 65
      11 Leicester 45 3 64
      12 Ipswich 45 -4 62
      13 Watford 45 8 61
      14 Bristol City 45 -6 57
      15 Portsmouth 44 -6 57
      16 Middlesbrough 44 -6 56
      17 Coventry 45 -4 54
      18 Barnsley 45 -12 53
      19 Derby 45 -12 49
      20 Crystal Palace 45 -22 48
      21 Doncaster 45 -23 48
      22 Sheffield Utd 45 -31 42
      23 Scunthorpe 45 -44 41
      24 Preston 45 -27 39

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