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 Saturday, 7 December, 2002, 15:11 GMT
Reading 0-0 Portsmouth
Portsmouth's Carl Robinson (left) is blocked by Reading's Matthew Upson
Robinson (left) and Upson contest possession

League leaders Portsmouth escaped with a point away to high-flying Reading.

With the two sides going into the game on winning runs something had to give and in the end both side's hot-streaks came to an end.

Reading had won six league games in a row and Portsmouth had won four in succession before the encounter at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading enjoyed the better chances and were well on top at the end of the first half, but they lost their way after the break as Portsmouth defended solidly.

Portsmouth's Paul Merson runs with the ball
Paul Merson went close with a late effort

Reading's Marcus Hahnemann was the first keeper to be tested as Svetoslav Todorov let fly from 25 yards in the seventh minute.

The home side responded through John Salako, who fired over from similar distance.

A flurry of chances just after the 20-minute mark saw Hahnemann save Matthew Taylor's 30-yard rocket following Matthew Upson's foul on Todorov.

Reading's Nicky Forster then found his range, two right-foot efforts from the edge of the area fizzing either side of Hislop's goal.

The hosts again threatened, through Andy Hughes' header and James Harper's free-kick.

And Shaka Hislop had to be at his best as Salako twice tried his luck with rasping drives.

Merson effort

Portsmouth were hanging on at the break but Reading lost some momentum in the second half as Portsmouth showed they could dig in defensively.

Paul Merson curled a shot over from 25 yards as Portsmouth reminded Reading that they were a threat going forward, but it was the hosts who ended on top.

Crosses from Shorey and Forster caused panic in the Pompey box and a superb long-range effort from Adrian Williams whistled wide as the game ended in stalemate.


Reading: Hahnemann, Murty, Williams, Upson, Shorey, Harper, Hughes, Newman, Salako, Forster, Rougier. Subs: Watson, Butler, Cureton, Ashdown, Tyson.

Portsmouth: Hislop, Primus, De Zeeuw, Foxe, Ritchie, Taylor, Robinson, Quashie, Merson, Todorov, Burchill. Subs: Kawaguchi, Harper, O'Neil, Crowe, Pitt.

Referee: A Leake (Lancashire).

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