Reading vs Newcastle
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8:00pm Tuesday 7th March
The Madejski Stadium
WATCH: MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
READING 0-0 NEWCASTLE
And that is that. The points are shared and Newcastle's lead at the top of the Championship is cut to three.
Both sides had chances in a tight game, with Ritchie hitting the post for Newcastle in the first half and McCleary going close after the break for the hosts.
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90+4: OFF THE BAR! So nearly the winner. Brilliant backheel from Williams on the left touchline to McCleary, who drives past Lascelles into the box and puts in a cross that hits the bar and bounces away from goal.
90+4: Shelvey looks to meet the corner at the near post but it's headed away.
90+3: Corner to Newcastle as a shot is deflected behind...
90+2: The yellow card is out for the first time and shown to Gunter for a foul on Atsu.
90: Reading pressing as the board shows four minutes of added time.
88: Late switch for Newcastle as Diame comes on for Colback.
87: Reading are controlling the possession, looking for a way through, as they have been for most of the game. But Newcastle have defended well and have restricted the hosts to very few chances.
84: All over in the rest of the games in the Championship and both Brighton and Huddersfield have won. Not looking much like we will get a winner here.
82: Almost a chance as Perez breaks into the box but he is muscled off the ball as he cuts inside.
81: Newcastle are still being pinned back inside their own box. They have hardly threatened at all in the second half and the time that Darlow takes over a free-kick probably suggests they would be satisfied with a point.
78: Clipped ball over the top looking for Grabban, but Darlow comes out quickly to save. The Newcastle keeper has done a decent job tonight. In fact both keepers have been solid.
77: Corner to Reading but the whistle goes as the ball is chipped towards the back post. It's a free-kick to Newcastle to relieve some of the pressure.
75: Newcastle turn to their top scorer as Gayle comes on for Murphy.
74: It's Reading who are doing the pressing and pushing for the opening goal. Newcastle are sitting back, soaking it up and trying to hit on the break.
72: CLOSE! Good play from McCleary. He cuts in from the left, drifts past a couple of players and then hits a shot that deflects and goes just past the post.
Some fans had started to cheer as they thought it was going in.
70: SAVE! Out of nowhere the visitors create a chance as a cross is curled in from the left, Murphy rises above his marker and heads towards the bottom corner. Al-Habsi makes a decent save to keep it out.
69: First change from Newcastle as Gouffran makes way for Atsu.
67: Gouffran gets some treatment, plays on and is then told by the referee he needs to be looked at again. The game has lost some of its pace, it's ambling along at the moment.
64: As Gouffran gets a head injury looked at, let me tell you that Brighton have scored a second and now lead Rotherham 2-0. If the scores stay the same then Newcastle's lead at the top will be cut to three points.
63: The corner is well cleared by Reading and then headed away again as Perez swings in a cross.
61: There's a really good atmosphere as both sets of fans look to urge their teams on. Newcastle threaten for the first time in a while as Ritchie clips in a cross that's headed behind.
59: Reading caught out by a free-kick that's played down the line for Perez, but the flag goes up for offside as he fires into the side-netting.
57: Reading are still dominating possession and the visitors haven't been able to get their forwards involved at all this half.
55: This is one of only two goalless games in the Championship at the moment. Brighton and Huddersfield are both winning 1-0.
54: Wonder how long it will be before Rafa Benitez looks to his bench. It looks like Gayle is getting prepared to come on shortly.
52: This is very much like the start of the first half. Newcastle have not been able to get on the ball and they have had to soak up pressure.
50: Here is the switch for the Royals as Obita replaces Moore.
49: Moore is down and getting treatment. He manages to get off the pitch but looks like a change will be made.
47: CLOSE! Twice Reading nearly take the lead.
First McCleary hits a shot that deflects just wide and then, from the resulting corner, Kermorgant turns and hits a shot that Darlow does well to save. It was tricky for the keeper as it came through a crowd of bodies.
Reading get the game restarted, with Williams on for Kelly at the break...
The visitors have top scorer Gayle on the bench and also Diame, who netted this rather fortunate goal at Brighton recently...
Knockaert has put Brighton 1-0 up at Rotherham.
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That's the last action of the half. It's goalless but there have been chances, with almost all of them falling to Newcastle.
Grabban headed wide in the first minute for Reading but Ritchie hit the post for the visitors and Al-Habsi has also had to make several saves.
45: Chance for the hosts from a corner on the left, but it's chipped straight on to the roof of the net.
44: Think Reading will be pretty pleased to hear the half-time whistle. They have been on the back foot and have come under increasing pressure.
42: SAVE! Al-Habsi called into action again, this time it's a comfortable enough save down to his right to keep out a 25-yard shot from Ritchie.
40: They started slowly, but Newcastle are firmly on top now and creating all the chances.
Here's how the rest of the Championship games look at half-time, with Brighton being held at Rotherham...
38: OFF THE POST! Newcastle won't go closer to scoring than this. They continue to press from the corner and Ritchie hits a shot that deflects onto the inside of the post and bounces out.
It looks like the rebound might fall to a Newcastle player but is just about hacked clear by McShane from inside the six-yard box.
37: CLOSE! Most of the chances are coming at one end now as Newcastle threaten again. This time the ball is cut back to the edge of the box where Shelvey drills in a low shot that deflects behind.
34: Darlow almost spills the ball in front of goal, but the Newcastle keeper stretches and manages to recover at the second attempt.
32: SAVE! Good play from McShane as he escapes trouble near the corner flag, but Reading then give it away carelessly and Gouffran cuts in from the left before hitting a dipping shot that Al-Habsi gets down to save at the near post.
Newcastle recycle and cross for Ritchie, whose header loops over the bar.
30: McCleary twists away from his marker on the left and manages to dig out a cross, but Lascelles leaps well to clear the danger with Kermorgant waiting behind him.
28: Patient play again from Reading as they string together pass after pass. It looks good but again it comes to nothing as, in the end, they decide to go long and the ball goes straight behind for a goal-kick.
25: Possession wise it's been pretty much all Reading, but they haven't done much with it. Most of their moves have broken down in the final third and when they have tried to get the ball into the box.
22: Reading back into a passing rhythm as they patiently build down the right. It creates an opening for Kelly but his cross is sliced straight behind.
20: A bit aimless from Reading as they go long and don't get any joy.
18: A few gaps starting to appear in the Reading defence and they are struggling to keep the ball as they did in the opening 10 minutes. Warning signs for Stam's side.
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