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

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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.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 43 60
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 43 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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