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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 22,230) 19th October 2004 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: R Olivier

Reading Reading vs Leeds United Leeds

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Owusu bags a point

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 19/10/04 10:40pm

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High flying Reading needed a goal just before half time from Lloyd Owusu to claim a 1-1 draw against goal-shy Leeds United.

The Whites ended their goalless streak against Preston at the weekend and netted after just 53 seconds at the Madejski Stadium.

17-year-old midfielder Simon Walton, who is filling in for the injured Jermaine Wright, was unmarked in the box to head home from Frazer Richardson's right wing cross.

Reading dominated the remainder of the first half and only stout defending from the visitors kept Steve Coppell's side at bay.

Shaun Goater and Steve Sidwell both had chances to get The Royals back into the contest, but Leeds' defence held firm.

On the stroke of half-time Nicky Shorey's free-kick was not cleared by Leeds and Owusu was on hand to stab home from close range.

The ineffective Michael Ricketts was replaced by Brian Deane shortly after the hour mark and the veteran striker almost scored with clever snap-shot.

Despite controlling the contest for long periods Reading failed to make their pressure tell and had to settle for the point, although with Ipswich drawing The Royals stay in the automatic promotion places.

Matches

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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