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Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marlon King by Alex Pearce. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Marlon King, save by Adam Federici.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Keogh by Hal Robson-Kanu. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey, clearance by Mikele Leigertwood.
Jordan Clarke replaces Aron Gunnarsson. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary McSheffrey by Andy Griffin. Richard Wood restarts play with the free kick.
Clive Platt takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
Shot by Shane Long from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Jay Tabb replaces Jimmy Kebe.
Matt Mills gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary McSheffrey. Gary McSheffrey shoots direct from the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Aron Gunnarsson from the left by-line, save made by Adam Federici.
The referee blows for offside against Jimmy Kebe. Keiren Westwood takes the indirect free kick.
Richard Wood is given a yellow card. Richard Wood is penalised for a handball. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Ian Harte, save made by Keiren Westwood.
Simon Church is brought on as a substitute for Jem Karacan. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Noel Hunt. Ian Harte takes a corner.
Jobi McAnuff takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Michael Doyle makes a clearance.
Michael Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.
Clive Platt is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Foul by Marlon King on Ian Harte, free kick awarded. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Gary McSheffrey goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Gary McSheffrey challenges Andy Griffin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
Clive Platt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Matt Mills.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary McSheffrey on Jem Karacan. Andy Griffin takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line to the near post, Lee Carsley manages to make a clearance.
Noel Hunt takes a shot. Richard Wood gets a block in.
Jimmy Kebe fouled by Richard Wood, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
Short corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jimmy Kebe on Nathan Cameron. Richard Wood crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Matt Mills makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Aron Gunnarsson. Aron Gunnarsson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Matt Mills makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Noel Hunt.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jobi McAnuff, clearance by Richard Keogh.
Richard Wood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Ian Harte from right wing, clearance by Lee Carsley.
Short corner taken by Ian Harte from the left by-line.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Michael Doyle goes wide left of the goal.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Marlon King. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on James McPake by Shane Long results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
Foul by Nathan Cameron on Noel Hunt, free kick awarded. Andy Griffin takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Aron Gunnarsson, save by Adam Federici.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Marlon King. Ian Harte takes the free kick.
Nathan Cameron concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Griffin. Ian Harte crosses the ball in from the free kick, Keiren Westwood makes a save.
Noel Hunt has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Foul by Gary McSheffrey on Jimmy Kebe, free kick awarded. Andy Griffin takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Clive Platt offside. Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
The referee blows for offside against Jimmy Kebe. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
Lee Carsley receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Lee Carsley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Marlon King takes a shot from a just insdie the penalty box and strikes the post.
Shane Long has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
Shane Long has an effort at goal from close in that bounces off the post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson by Jobi McAnuff. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Gary McSheffrey, clearance by Shane Long.
Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey.
Shot from outside the box by Shane Long goes wide right of the target.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Marlon King. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Cameron by Shane Long. Keiren Westwood takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Shane Long. Keiren Westwood takes the indirect free kick.
Richard Wood concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Kebe. Andy Griffin takes the free kick.
Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Keiren Westwood makes a comfortable save.
Shot by Lee Carsley from a long way out goes over the target.
Marlon King is caught offside. Adam Federici takes the free kick,
The offside flag is raised against Marlon King. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
James McPake is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Foul by James McPake on Shane Long, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Ian Harte.
Richard Wood fouled by Jem Karacan, the ref awards a free kick. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
The referee gets the match started.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Royals welcome back Mills
Reading captain Matt Mills will return to the side for the visit of Coventry.
Centre-half Mills was forced to miss the goalless draw with Leeds last time out as he served a one-match ban but is back and will replace Zurab Khizanishvili in Brian McDermott`s starting XI.
Winger Jimmy Kebe could make his first start since October after finally recovering from his nagging knee injury after benefiting from an extra week off.
The Royals were not in action after last weekend`s trip to Sheffield United was postponed and McDermott could make a few changes.
Club captain Ivar Ingimarsson remains a long-term absentee with a hamstring problem as does central midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson who continues to struggle with a thigh problem.
Aidy Boothroyd is reporting no new injury problems ahead of Coventry`s trip.
The Sky Blues boss remains without midfielder Sammy Clingan and centre-back Ben Turner (both knee), with the former tipped to return first over the festive period.
Full-back Stephen O`Halloran is back in training and performing well following his return from a long-term back problem, but needs to undergo the equivalent of a pre-season training regime before being considered for selection.
December 2002 was the last time the Sky Blues won four successive league matches and Boothroyd is expecting a tough test at the Madejski Stadium as his crop of 2010 look to match that record.
He said: "If you are going to be successful you`ve got to break records, and that`s great. If we can keep a clean sheet and get anything out of the game then it will be a positive result.
"As I say, the more points we get then the better it is for us but it presents different problems - the fact people think we`ve arrived and are better than what we are. And we`re not, we`ve got a long way to go. We`re very much a work in progress."
Royals frustrated again
Reading saw their winless run extended to six games after being frustrated by Coventry in a goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium.
The home side began to take control after a quiet start and Shane Long fired wide before seeing another effort hit the post soon after.
Coventry striker Marlon King, who was booed throughout, also hit the post in the first half but it was all Reading after the break.
Sky Blues goalkeeper Kieren Westwood did well to deny Noel Hunt before Jem Karacan had a header cleared off the line as the visitors held firm.
It was a frustrating afternoon for Reading, who made it five consecutive draws, while Coventry extended their unbeaten run to four matches without conceding.
Neither side took a hold of the game early on and Coventry midfielder Lee Carsley volleyed over from long range, while at the other end Jobi McAnuff brought out a comfortable save from Westwood.
Reading began to pick up the pace and some excellent build-up play saw McAnuff lay the ball into the path of Long, who burst past one defender before firing wide.
The Royals came agonisingly close to taking the lead with 18 minutes gone when Jimmy Kebe crossed for Long, who saw his effort cannon back off the post.
Three minutes later the impressive McAnuff beat three players before crossing for Long, who headed over when he should have done better.
Coventry had barely threatened but a good header from Clive Platt set up King, who smashed an effort from 18 yards against the post.
The game continued to go from end to end but neither side were able to fashion any more meaningful goalscoring opportunities.
Two minutes before half-time, Michael Doyle tried his luck from 25 yards but Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici was untroubled by the effort.
The home side made a bright start to the second half and Long burst to the byline and cut the ball back, but Westwood was alert and pounced on the ball.
Moments later Westwood did well to parry away a shot from Hunt and the rebound fell to Karacan but his header was cleared off the line by Richard Wood.
Reading continued to press and when Wood handled, it gave Ian Harte a chance from a free-kick, but his 25-yard shot was easily saved by the reliable Westwood.
With time running out, Reading substitute Hal Robson-Kanu put a fine cross into the box and Long glanced a header just wide of the post.
That was the closest Reading came to a winner as Coventry held on for a point.
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