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Reading   0 - 0   Doncaster

Highlights: Reading 0-0 Doncaster

Reading 0-0 Doncaster

Doncaster keeper Neil Sullivan produced a string of fine saves to deny Reading a first home win of the season.

Sullivan held a header from Alex Pearce and saved Gylfi Sigurdsson's low shot before Brian Howard beat him with a 30-yard lob that hit the crossbar.

Not to be outdone, Reading keeper Adam Federici then made a sharp save to stop Shaun Cummings scoring an own goal.

After the break, Sullivan saved from Darren O'Dea, Grzegorz Rasiak, Pearce and Kalifa Cisse to secure a 0-0 draw.

Rasiak, on as a substitute, was played in by Howard and the Polish international fired in a low shot to the near post which Sullivan did well to keep out.

He then tipped over a Pearce header and got his fingertips to another header from Cisse to earn a point for his team.


Reading manager Brendan Rodgers:
"I am pleased with the clean sheet but in the second half I thought we were more likely to win.

"They changed their formation three times during the game, starting 4-3-3, changing to a diamond formation and in the second-half going 2-3-3-2.

"Our players had to adapt because you can't just keep running around or else spaces open up.

"The international break was both good and bad for us. We had won 3-1 at Barnsley so wanted to keep that going, but on the other hand the break gave us a chance to bed our new signings in."

Doncaster manager Sean O'Driscoll:

"Those saves will get the headlines but they were there for him to save.

"They were all saves you would expect him to make.

"We played Reading twice last season and got nothing out of them, so to play below our best and get a point was a plus."

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Saturday, 12 September 2009

Championship

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

      Reading

      • 01 Federici
      • 24 Bertrand
      • 26 Pearce
      • 35 Cummings
      • 48 O'Dea
      • 06 Gunnarsson (Cisse 69)
      • 14 Kebe
      • 20 Karacan (Rasiak 59)
      • 25 Sigurdsson (Matejovsky 58)
      • 34 Howard
      • 10 Hunt

      Substitutes

      • 21 Hamer,
      • 05 Mills,
      • 04 Cisse,
      • 07 Tabb,
      • 08 Matejovsky,
      • 18 Church,
      • 23 Rasiak

      Doncaster

      • 01 Sullivan
      • 03 Roberts
      • 06 Chambers yellow card
      • 11 Lockwood
      • 20 Shackell
      • 08 Stock yellow card
      • 10 Spicer (Hird 64)
      • 16 Oster
      • 17 Woods yellow card
      • 26 Coppinger (Sharp 76)
      • 12 Hayter (Guy 76)

      Substitutes

      • 13 Smith,
      • 21 Hird,
      • 15 Wilson,
      • 19 Quinton Fortune,
      • 05 Sharp,
      • 07 Guy,
      • 22 Shiels
      Ref: Phil GibbsAtt: 15,697
      READING
      DONCASTER

      Possession

      • Reading 56%
      • Doncaster 44%

      Attempts on target

      • Reading 5
      • Doncaster 5

      Attempts off target

      • Reading 3
      • Doncaster 4

      Corners

      • Reading 12
      • Doncaster 4

      Fouls

      • Reading 17
      • Doncaster 12
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+4:22 The referee blows for the end of the match.
      • 90:00+2:06 Brian Stock challenges Brian Howard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marek Matejovsky restarts play with the free kick.
      • 90:00+0:22 Unfair challenge on Jason Shackell by Grzegorz Rasiak results in a free kick. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.
      • 89:19 Foul by Shaun Cummings on Billy Sharp, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jason Shackell.
      • 88:32 Corner taken left-footed by Alex Pearce from the right by-line to the near post, Darren O'Dea has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
      • 88:22 A cross is delivered by Shaun Cummings, blocked by Martin Woods.
      • 86:56 Martin Woods concedes a free kick for a foul on Grzegorz Rasiak. Free kick taken by Marek Matejovsky.
      • 86:31 Centre by Billy Sharp, Adam Federici makes a save.
      • 86:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Grzegorz Rasiak on Adam Lockwood. Free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.
      • 84:17 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alex Pearce, save made by Neil Sullivan. Corner taken right-footed by Marek Matejovsky, save made by Neil Sullivan. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alex Pearce, save made by Neil Sullivan.
      • 83:34 A cross is delivered by Shaun Cummings, clearance made by Brian Stock.
      • 83:31 Booking James Chambers receives a yellow card.
      • 82:51 Jason Shackell concedes a free kick for a foul on Grzegorz Rasiak. Direct free kick taken by Marek Matejovsky.
      • 82:10 Brian Stock has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
      • 81:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren O'Dea on Billy Sharp. Martin Woods takes the direct free kick.
      • 79:59 Grzegorz Rasiak is caught offside. Free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.
      • 78:16 Ryan Bertrand fouled by James Chambers, the ref awards a free kick. Noel Hunt produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Martin Woods gets a block in.
      • 77:42 Martin Woods takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Pearce.
      • 75:16 Direct free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.
      • 75:16 Substitution James Coppinger goes off and Billy Sharp comes on.
      • 75:16 Substitution Lewis Guy replaces James Hayter.
      • 75:16 Grzegorz Rasiak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Lockwood.
      • 74:56 Brian Howard delivers the ball, clearance made by Jason Shackell.
      • 71:37 Martin Woods concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Howard. Free kick taken by Marek Matejovsky.
      • 71:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Chambers on Ryan Bertrand. Darren O'Dea takes the direct free kick.
      • 68:42 The ball is crossed by Shaun Cummings, save by Neil Sullivan.
      • 68:10 Substitution Kalifa Cisse comes on in place of Brynjar Gunnarsson.
      • 65:16 Brian Stock takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Bertrand.
      • 64:11 The assistant referee flags for offside against James Hayter. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
      • 62:30 Martin Woods has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Shaun Cummings gets a block in.
      • 62:30 Substitution John Spicer goes off and Sam Hird comes on.
      • 62:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Pearce on Brian Stock.
      • 61:58 Grzegorz Rasiak is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Neil Sullivan takes the free kick.
      • 61:15 Grzegorz Rasiak takes a shot. Save by Neil Sullivan. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Brian Howard, Neil Sullivan makes a save.
      • 60:19 Outswinging corner taken by Alex Pearce.
      • 59:47 Brian Stock takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
      • 57:50 Corner taken right-footed by Alex Pearce from the left by-line, Darren O'Dea takes a shot. Save by Neil Sullivan.
      • 57:50 Substitution Grzegorz Rasiak joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jem Karacan.
      • 57:50 Substitution Marek Matejovsky replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.
      • 57:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Woods on Jimmy Kebe. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jem Karacan from right wing, Jason Shackell gets a block in.
      • 53:41 John Oster fouled by Jem Karacan, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Stock takes the free kick.
      • 53:04 James Coppinger takes a shot. Alex Pearce gets a block in.
      • 52:49 Gareth Roberts delivers the ball, clearance by Jem Karacan.
      • Correction - 50:23 Unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Martin Woods results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Brian Howard.
      • 50:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Woods on Brian Howard. Brian Howard takes the free kick.
      • 49:15 Effort from outside the penalty box by Martin Woods goes wide left of the target.
      • 47:54 A cross is delivered by Shaun Cummings, Adam Lockwood manages to make a clearance.
      • 46:57 Foul by Ryan Bertrand on James Coppinger, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by James Chambers.
      • 45:28 Unfair challenge on Adam Lockwood by Noel Hunt results in a free kick. Neil Sullivan takes the direct free kick.
      • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:58 The referee blows for half time.
      • 45:00+1:15 Unfair challenge on Brynjar Gunnarsson by Brian Stock results in a free kick. Brynjar Gunnarsson takes the free kick.
      • 43:17 Inswinging corner taken by John Oster from the left by-line played to the near post, Shaun Cummings manages to make a clearance.
      • 43:09 The ball is sent over by Martin Woods, clearance by Alex Pearce.
      • 42:36 Corner taken by Martin Woods from the left by-line.
      • 42:24 The ball is crossed by Martin Woods, blocked by Alex Pearce.
      • 41:32 A cross is delivered by Gylfi Sigurdsson, save made by Neil Sullivan.
      • 40:41 Brynjar Gunnarsson concedes a free kick for a foul on John Spicer. John Oster restarts play with the free kick.
      • 39:44 Gylfi Sigurdsson sends in a cross, Adam Lockwood manages to make a clearance.
      • 39:28 The ball is crossed by Ryan Bertrand, blocked by John Spicer.
      • 37:59 Alex Pearce takes the direct free kick.
      • 37:59 Booking Brian Stock goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
      • 37:53 Foul by Brian Stock on Brian Howard, free kick awarded.
      • 36:32 John Spicer produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 36:15 Corner taken short by Martin Woods.
      • 35:06 Free kick taken by Martin Woods. Corner from right by-line crossed in by Martin Woods, Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance.
      • 35:06 Booking Caution for Martin Woods.
      • 34:24 James Hayter fouled by Ryan Bertrand, the ref awards a free kick.
      • 31:36 Brian Howard challenges Brian Stock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.
      • 29:06 Noel Hunt is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.
      • 28:39 The ball is delivered by Gylfi Sigurdsson, clearance by Adam Lockwood.
      • 26:46 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, clearance made by Martin Woods. Corner taken by Brian Howard from the right by-line, John Oster manages to make a clearance.
      • 25:32 Brian Howard crosses the ball.
      • 23:00 Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Save by Neil Sullivan. Inswinging corner taken by Brian Howard from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Pearce on Jason Shackell. Direct free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.
      • 22:53 Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball, Adam Lockwood makes a clearance.
      • 21:56 The ball is sent over by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Adam Lockwood manages to make a clearance.
      • 21:36 Jem Karacan sends in a cross, clearance by Gareth Roberts.
      • 20:28 James Chambers concedes a free kick for a foul on Gylfi Sigurdsson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from left wing, clearance made by Gareth Roberts.
      • 17:41 James Hayter is caught offside. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
      • 15:24 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alex Pearce takes a shot. Neil Sullivan makes a save.
      • 14:20 Alex Pearce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Woods. Martin Woods restarts play with the free kick.
      • 11:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Shackell by Jem Karacan. Neil Sullivan takes the direct free kick.
      • 9:57 Foul by Brian Howard on Jason Shackell, free kick awarded. Gareth Roberts restarts play with the free kick.
      • 9:19 Left-footed shot by Martin Woods went wide of the right-hand upright.
      • 7:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jem Karacan by Martin Woods. Free kick taken by Brian Howard.
      • 6:35 Inswinging corner taken by Alex Pearce, clearance by Adam Lockwood.
      • 6:08 Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot.
      • 5:07 The ball is crossed by Martin Woods, Adam Federici makes a save.
      • 0:36 James Hayter fouled by Darren O'Dea, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Stock takes the free kick.
      • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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      Championship results

      12 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

      Home Team Score Away Team Time
      Coventry 1-1 Bristol City R
      Crystal Palace 0-4 Scunthorpe R
      Derby 0-1 Sheff Utd R
      Leicester 2-1 Blackpool R
      Middlesbrough 3-1 Ipswich R
      Preston 2-0 Swansea R
      QPR 1-1 Peterborough R
      Reading 0-0 Doncaster R
      Sheff Wed 1-1 Nottm Forest R
      Watford 1-0 Barnsley R
      West Brom 3-1 Plymouth R

      Championship table snapshot

      As it stood on 12 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 West Brom 6 6 14
      2 Middlesbrough 6 8 13
      3 Newcastle 5 7 13
      4 Preston 6 7 12
      5 Sheff Utd 6 5 12
      6 Leicester 6 2 11
      7 Bristol City 6 0 11
      8 Cardiff 5 7 10
      9 Sheff Wed 6 5 9
      10 Watford 6 1 9
      11 Coventry 6 -1 8
      12 Blackpool 6 2 7
      13 QPR 6 0 7
      14 Doncaster 6 0 7
      15 Derby 6 -1 7
      16 Nottm Forest 6 -2 6
      17 Reading 6 -3 6
      18 Scunthorpe 6 -6 6
      19 Crystal Palace 6 -5 5
      20 Swansea 6 -5 5
      21 Peterborough 6 -4 3
      22 Plymouth 6 -7 2
      23 Ipswich 6 -7 2
      24 Barnsley 6 -9 1


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