Select a Team

Sky Bet Championship

The Madejski Stadium (ATT 17,649) 29th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Reading Reading vs Huddersfield Town Huddsf'ld

Reading 1

P Pogrebnyak (pen 7)

ft

Huddsf'ld 1

N Wells (4)

Sky Bet Championship: Hudderfield hold play-off chasing Reading at the Madejski Stadium

Last Updated: 29/03/14 6:23pm

  • Share:
Pavel Pogrebnyak: Scored Reading's goal in home draw

Pavel Pogrebnyak: Scored Reading's goal in home draw

Reading's dismal home form in the Sky Bet Championship continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw by mid-table Huddersfield.

The Royals have not won in Berkshire in six matches and were fortunate to claim a point against the dominant Yorkshire club.

The Terriers took the lead early on through striker Nahki Wells, as the home defence was easily breached, but Reading drew level just three minutes later when Pavel Pogrebnyak slotted in his second penalty in as many matches.

Reading had been struggling at the Madejski Stadium and, in their five previous matches, had scored only twice - from an own goal and a penalty.

Huddersfield were in poor form at home and away, not winning in their previous five games. On the road, they had won only once in 10 outings.

It did not start well for Huddersfield, with defender Tommy Smith booked after only 33 seconds for a clumsy foul on Pogrebnyak. In the fourth minute, though, matters got better for them when they went in front.

Smith's long ball evaded Sean Morrison and Wells was left with a clear run on home goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. The Bermuda international ran on and comfortably beat McCarthy with a low shot.

It was his fifth goal for Huddersfield and 19th of the season, 14 having been scored for Bradford before his move from the League One club in the January transfer window.

However, Reading were level three minutes later. Jobi McAnuff appeared to be going nowhere in the Huddersfield area but Oliver Norwood foolishly tugged at his shirt.

Pogrebnyak sent Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies the wrong way from the spot to score his 11th goal of the season. He had also netted a penalty in the 3-1 home defeat by Barnsley on Tuesday.

Huddersfield swiftly recovered their composure, with Norwood testing McCarthy with a fierce drive and then McCarthy doing even better to tip over a curling effort from Adam Clayton. Wells also struck a post from an acute angle.

Reading were unable to muster much going forward but almost went in front in the 32nd minute. Chris Gunter crossed from the right to the near post and Smithies had to move smartly to push away an agile header from Pogrebnyak.

Michael Hector, the Reading defender who was making his home debut in midfield, also gave Smithies plenty to do with a well-struck shot that the keeper initially fumbled. From the resultant corner, Hector headed high over the crossbar.

Huddersfield maintained the upper hand in a scrappy second half, with defender Paul Dixon taking advantage of a Garath McCleary error before shooting tamely wide from distance.

Norwood shot wide from a promising opening, McCarthy just held a 30-yard effort from Oscar Gobern, McCarthy saved well from Danny Ward and Jordan Obita had to clear off the goal-line from a Murray Wallace header, but Reading clung on to their point.

  • Share:

Matches

Table

Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 14 26
2 Watford 14 26
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
4 Bournemouth 14 24
5 Middlesbrough 14 24
6 Norwich City 14 23
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6