Reading 0-0 Wolves: Kenny Jackett still targeting Championship playoffs
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 06/02/16 6:35pm
Wolves manager Kenny Jackett believes that his side can still reach the Championship play-offs despite losing further ground after their 0-0 draw at Reading.
James Henry created Wolves' best chances throughout, forcing three good saves from home goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, but he failed to break the deadlock as his side now sit nine points off the top six in 12th place.
"It's a big call to get there," Jackett said. "We need a really good run. It's not impossible and we have keep driving forward.
"We won four games on the trot not so long ago, going from mid-table to floating around the edge of the play-offs. We're close to being a very good side.
"It was a hard battle today but it was a good performance from us. We controlled long spells of the game but couldn't quite get that goal."
Reading threatened only in patches with defender Jake Cooper firing over after a scramble from Oliver Norwood's corner.
Wolves should have gone ahead early in the second half after Chris Gunter had made a hash of an intended headed backpass.
But Henry delayed his shot a fraction too long, allowing Al Habsi to regain his ground and make another athletic save at his near post.
Reading also went close from Norwood's precisely-placed attempt from 20 yards, which narrowly missed keeper Carl Ikeme's left-hand post.
Either side could have secured all three points towards the end but Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Bjorn Sigurdarson wasted chances for Wolves, as did Hal Robson-Kanu and Yann Kermorgant for Reading.
The Berkshire team have won only two of their past 13 league games, though are through to the last 16 of the FA Cup.
"It was a tough battle in horrible conditions," Reading manager Brian McDermott said. "Sometimes you get a clean sheet and a point, you take it and you move on.
"Wolves got a lot of men behind the ball but I didn't expect them to come here, play an open game and take us on. We couldn't quite get that goal that would have made a difference.
"It was important that we got a good result today and we did. We want to go as far as we can in the Cup but I've got to work on the bigger picture here."