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Deepdale (ATT 10,269) 2nd October 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Waugh

Preston Preston North End vs Reading Reading

Preston 1

K Treacy (23)
D Russell (S/O 78)

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Reading 1

J Karacan (55)

Karacan earns Reading a point

Karacan strike earns Royals 1-1 draw at Preston

Last Updated: 02/10/10 5:57pm

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Karacan: On target for Royals

Karacan: On target for Royals

Preston North End and Reading are both now three games unbeaten after the pair played out a 1-1 stalemate at Deepdale.

Keith Treacy put the lowly home side in front before Jem Karacan netted in the second period to salvage a point for the Royals.

Preston saw Darel Russell sent off in the latter stages while the result sees Reading drop out of the play-off places.

North End made just one change from the remarkable 6-4 win at Leeds in midweek which meant striker Jon Parkin was handed the chance to continue after his hat-trick at Elland Road.

Defender Wayne Brown started in place of Craig Morgan, who found himself on the bench.

Obvious

Reading were without suspended captain Matt Mills and his presence was obvious in the opening stages as Preston full-back Billy Jones was allowed a free header from just five yards but he put it wide.

The Royals then launched a rapid break and, after Shane Long carried the ball forward, he played it to Jobi McAnuff on the left who cut inside before smashing a looping shot against the crossbar.

Both sides were attacking in numbers but it was the home side who forged ahead in the 23rd minute.

Iain Hume chased a lost cause down the right before picking out Treacy perfectly to convert at the near post.

Unfortunate

Reading almost drew level at the end of the first half when Zurab Khizanishvili headed on an inswinging Ian Harte corner but Andy Lonergan recovered to make a fine save.

The Royals were unfortunate to be behind at the break and their pressure paid off when Karacan drew them level in the 55th minute.

Another Harte delivery did the damage and, when his corner was half cleared, Karacan was on hand to power home an unstoppable half-volley from 25 yards.

McAnuff was then denied by Lonergan as the visitors looked for a winner before Russell was sent off for Preston.

The former Norwich midfielder had been booked in the first period and, when he tripped Jimmy Kebe, he could have little complaint after being shown a second yellow card.

Hume came closest to finding a winner but his shot in stoppage time was comfortably held by Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici.

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