Reading and Norwich played out a goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium
Last Updated: 10/11/12 7:43pm
Reading are still searching for their first Premier League win of the season after their clash with Norwich at the Madejski Stadium ended in a goalless draw.
Best of the match
- Man of the match: Michael Turner. Put in an accomplished display as the Royals were held.
- Shot of the match: Garath McCleary hit a long range swerving effort with John Ruddy saved in the first period.
- Save of the match: As above - Ruddy from McCleary.
- Moment of the match. Grant Holt had a chance to win it for the Canaries late on but Kaspars Gorkss made a vital touch.
- Talking point: When will Reading's first win come as they battle to avoid the drop?
Chances were at a premium in the first half with only one save of note made be either goalkeeper, John Ruddy parrying a fierce drive from Garath McCleary, and despite a fairly frantic final 30 minutes, neither side could find a winner.
After a slow start by the hosts their greatest threat came from set pieces but despite a string of corners and free-kicks they could not find a way through a determined Norwich defence.
McCleary went closest when he pounced on a loose ball and stung Ruddy's palms from 25 yards while Michael Turner almost helped out the visitors when he turned a low Jason Roberts cross narrowly past his own post.
Robert Snodgrass and Wes Hoolahan provided the impetus for much of Norwich's attacking play but neither managed to call Adam Federici into action in the Reading goal and their best chance fell to Bradley Johnson but he blazed wildly over.
It was a similar pattern after the restart as Reading won a series of set pieces which came to nothing and Norwich showing some craft and guile in the middle of the park with no end product but the game sprang to life on the hour.
Grant Holt just failed to get on the end of a decent cross from Hoolahan before steering a shot wide from another delivery from the same source while Sean Morrison headed narrowly wide from Nicky Shorey's dangerous free-kick.
Jobi McAnuff then cut in from the left flank and curled inches over the crossbar to spark a good spell for the hosts which saw Jimmy Kebe's cross bounce to safety off the bar with Pavel Pogrebnyak poised to head in.
Tight game for McDermott
Kaspars Gorkss just got enough on a cross from Javier Garrido to put Holt off his header while Kebe forced Ruddy to save at his near post after a lightning break from the hosts.
Snodgrass and Holt wasted headed chances from Anthony Pilkington crosses either side of a 25-yard effort from the midfielder which was rising over from the moment it left his boot.
A stoppage-time break from Alexander Tettey was the last real chance but he was forced out to the flank and Federici watched calmly as his wild shot flew well wide.
|Reading||Team Statistics||Norwich City|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|2||Shots on Target||1|
|5||Shots off Target||8|
|49.3||1st Half Poss.||50.7|
|46.5||2nd Half Poss.||53.5|
Barclays Premier League
|10||West Ham United||28||31|
|17||West Bromwich Albion||28||25|
Reading v Norwich
Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has warned that a January spending spree could disrupt team spirit.
Chris Hughton described Norwich's 0-0 draw at Reading as a decent result.
Brian McDermott was pleased with a first top-flight clean sheet as Reading were held by Norwich at the Madejski Stadium.