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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 24,050) 26th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Jones

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Premier League: Reading held to a goalless draw by Swansea at Madejski Stadium

Last Updated: 26/12/12 6:53pm

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Reading held Swansea to a goalless stalemate at the Madejski Stadium to climb off the bottom of the Premier League table.

The point ended the Royals' seven-match losing run in the league and saw them climb above QPR in the table, although Brian McDermott's side sit six points from safety.

The visitors started the brighter, shrugging off the controversy surrounding Ashley Williams kicking the ball at Robin van Persie in their 1-1 draw to Manchester United last time.

Best of the match

  • Man of the match: Michu. Was a constant threat to Reading before going off injured late on.
  • Shot of the match: Substitute Adam Le Fondre volleyed at goal late on but his effort was headed off the line by Chico.
  • Save of the match: Adam Federici produced a great right-handed save to deny Nathan Dyer's header.
  • Moment of the match: Chico clearing Le Fondre's shot off the line which would have handed Reading an unlikely win.
  • Talking point: Reading ended a seven-match losing run with the draw to climb off the bottom of the table but are still deep in trouble.

Top-scorer Michu curled a shot just wide from the edge of the area early on before Ki Sung-Yueng blasted a free-kick over from distance.

Michu then had the ball in the net but was adjudged to have fouled Adrian Mariappa in the build-up.

At the other end, Reading finally showed threat but Jimmy Kebe volleyed well wide from the edge of the box following Ian Harte's free-kick.

The ever-threatening Michu volleyed over from six yards out after latching onto a poor chest back by Chris Gunter, while Nathan Dyer blasted well over from outside the box twice as the first half ended in a stalemate.

After the break, Ki shot well over from range before Reading boss McDermott brought on Adam Le Fondre and Hal Robson-Kanu just after the hour-mark.

At the other end, Adam Federici did well to push Dyer's header around the post before the Reading keeper then produced a good save to catch Ki's powerful effort from the edge of the box.

Le Fondre looked lively following his introduction and had the ball in the net from a Harte free-kick but the goal was rightly disallowed and the striker booked for using his hand.

Michu went off injured late on before Le Fondre's goalbound volley was headed off the line by Chico as the game ended all square.

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 16 39
2 Manchester City 17 39
3 Manchester United 17 32
4 West Ham United 17 31
5 Southampton 17 29
6 Tottenham Hotspur 17 27
7 Arsenal 16 26
8 Swansea City 17 25
9 Newcastle United 16 23
10 Everton 17 21
11 Liverpool 16 21
12 Aston Villa 17 20
13 Stoke City 16 19
14 West Bromwich Albion 17 17
15 Queens Park Rangers 17 17
16 Sunderland 16 16
17 Crystal Palace 17 15
18 Burnley 17 15
19 Hull City 17 13
20 Leicester City 17 10


Reading v Swansea

Laudrup pleased with performance

Laudrup pleased with performance

Michael Laudrup felt Swansea dominated at Reading but they are now without a win in their last four matches. Top scorer Michu limped off late on.

Brian McDermott: Was pleased with the Swansea draw

Precious point for McDermott

Reading boss Brian McDermott was upbeat after his side's 0-0 draw with Swansea at the Madejski Stadium.

Michu: Doubt for Swansea's clash with Fulham

Swansea suffer Michu setback

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is hoping Michu will be back soon after suffering an ankle injury against Reading.