Reading FC Match Report: 2013/2014 Season - Championship
BLACKBURN 0 READING 0
Post Match Fans' Opinion
We were awful, really awful in the first half. A couple of good saves from McCarthy, and we didn't go anywhere near their goal.
Second half, Williams and Akpan came on for Alf and Baird, wanted Williams to do well, but he was mostly chasing shadows, Akpan looked ok, some nice touches and nowhere near as bad as he has been.
We looked much better 2nd half, and dominated, without really threatening, apart from the most blatant penalty I've ever seen in my life. If that was in the prem we'd be hearing about it for weeks. Absolutely disgraceful decision to not give the penalty, but to book Gunter as well was just ridiculous. All in all, it was a shit game, that we should've won 1-0 via a penalty.
Pepe the Horseman
Excellent save from McCarthy in the first half, and Akpan looked very good when he came on, chasing players down and some good passing (bar one awful pass to no-one).
Otherwise, that was poor. Gorkks especially was slow, clumsy and useless.
Not giving the penalty was ridiculous, absolutely stonewall penalty, absolutely fuming about that still, but it was a comedy moment as all our fans slowly realised the decision wasn't going our way. Least enjoyable away game so far this year, was all round crap and dull.
Quotes From The Press
David Dunn's deflected effort came back off the post before Tom Cairney twice brought saves from visiting keeper Alex McCarthy. The Royals felt they should have had a penalty when Chris Gunter went down under the challenge of Grant Hanley in the area but he was booked for diving. Kaspars Gorkss headed over for Reading from close range as it ended level.
Nigel Adkins was furious when his side were not awarded a penalty at the start of the second period and his mood would not have improved when Pogrebnyak fired wastefully over when well placed. Cairney went close with a free-kick and Gorkss should have won it after a corner fell to him three yards out.
Reading boss Nigel Adkins:
"It was a penalty. It was an obvious decision but I can't control it. It's that obvious for everybody, I don't need to say anything. The referee gives the decision and you've got to get on with it. The frustrating thing is we've got a player in Chris Gunter who's as honest as the day is long and he's got a booking which is totally wrong. We can't appeal it, can't get it rescinded and it could affect us later on in the season. He's picked up a card now that will go against his name and reputation and it's totally wrong."
Full Time: 0-0
Half Time: 0-0
Referee: G Eltringham.
Reading: A McCarthy, C Gunter, K Gorkss, A Pearce, S Kelly, C Baird (D Williams, 45), D Guthrie, P Pogrebnyak, G McCleary (N Blackman, 88), J Obita, A Le Fondre (H Akpan, 45).
Subs not used: B Sharp, J Taylor, A Federici, J McAnuff.
Blackburn: J Kean, T Kane, S Dann, T Spurr, G Hanley, T Cairney, L Williamson, J King (R Rochina, 82), J Lowe, D Dunn (C Taylor, 66), J Rhodes.
Subs not used: M Kilgallon, B Marshall, S Eastwood, A Henley, A Judge.
Bookings / Red Cards
Reading: J Obita, K Gorkss, C Gunter
Blackburn: T Spurr
This Championship game took place 2182 days ago in the 2013/2014 season.