Report - Reading 1-1 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 29/03/2014
Huddersfield Town were unlucky to come away with just a point against Play-Off hopefuls Reading at the Madejski Stadium.Report - Reading 1-1 Huddersfield Town

Nahki Wells scored his second goal in a two games with just four minutes gone but Reading were awarded a dubious penalty minutes later that was converted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Town had the better chances but Reading held on as their poor home form continues as The Royals have now failed to win any of their last six home matches.

Terriers boss Mark Robins stuck with the same XI that drew 2-2 with Middlesbrough in midweek and they got off to the best start possible when Wells put Town in front with just four minutes gone.

Tommy Smith's long ball forward caught former Town loanee Sean Morrison cold and Wells steadied himself before coolly slotting past Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Just three minutes later The Royals were back on level terms when Jobi McAnuff went down easily under pressure from Peter Clarke and Ollie Norwood and referee Keith Stroud pointed to the spot.

Pogrebnyak stepped up and calmly slotted the ball in the bottom corner sending Town goalkeeper Alex Smithies the wrong way.

It was a soft penalty to concede but The Terriers didn't let their heads drop, Norwood testing McCarthy with a long range effort and the Reading stopped pulled off a top draw save to deny Adam Clayton's 25-yard curling effort.

Town kept coming forward and the Reading defence looked shaky. Danny Ward and Adam Hammill missed a chance each in a good position before Wells forced McCarthy into a save.

The home side were dangerous on the attach and some neat football from The Royals saw Chris Gunter cross for Pogrebnyak but the Russian striker saw his header superbly denied by Smithies.

Smithies again was called into action when Michael Hector forced the goalkeeper into a save after Hal Robson-Kanu's shot was blocked by a Town defender.
The second half wasn't as end-to-end as the first but Town had the better chances but sadly couldn't make them pay.

Paul Dixon hit a tame effort wide whilst Norwood could not find the target either. Oscar Gobern and Danny Ward both had shots that were smartly saved by McCarthy whilst at the other end Pogrebnyak could only find the side netting.

Town sub Murray Wallace did beat McCarthy with ten minutes to go but fortunate for Reading Jordan Obita was on the line to deny the defender's header from a Hammill corner.

Sean's Star Man – Nahki Wells


Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Pearce, Morrison, Williams (Akpan 80), Hector, McCleary (Drenthe 58), Obita, Robson-Kanu (Le Fondre 73), Pogrebnyak.
Subs not used: Federici, Kelly, Gorkss, Taylor.

Huddersfield: Smithies, Gerrard (Wallace 45), Clarke, Smith, Dixon, Gobern, Clayton, Norwood, Hammill, Ward (Scannell 74), Wells.
Subs not used: Bennett, Woods, Hogg, Holmes, Bunn
Referee: Keith Stroud
Attendance: 17,649


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