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Free kick awarded for a foul by Noel Hunt on Rhys Williams. Free kick crossed by Tony McMahon, Adam Federici makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line, Adam Federici makes a clearance.
Julio Arca takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
Jobi McAnuff takes the inswinging corner, Barry Robson makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Barry Robson.
Barry Robson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box striking the post. The official flags Alex Nimely offside. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Marvin Emnes takes a shot. (Reading) makes a substitution, with Noel Hunt coming on for Simon Church. Adam Federici makes a save.
Scott McDonald leaves the field to be replaced by Alex Nimely.
Kevin Thomson takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Rhys Williams is ruled offside. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Jobi McAnuff takes a corner. Mathieu Manset joins the action as a substitute, replacing Hal Robson-Kanu.
Joseph Mills takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Barry Robson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Hal Robson-Kanu on Tony McMahon. Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.
Scott McDonald produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The official flags Simon Church offside. Free kick taken by Stephen McManus.
Stephen McManus challenges Simon Church unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Joseph Mills.
Foul by Joseph Mills on Barry Robson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.
Inswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line. Julio Arca on for Justin Hoyte.
Handball by Joseph Mills. Nicky Bailey restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Justin Hoyte offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre by Tony McMahon results in a free kick. Joseph Mills restarts play with the free kick. The referee books Tony McMahon for unsporting behaviour. Kevin Thomson is brought on as a substitute for Faris Haroun.
Marvin Emnes fouled by Jay Tabb, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Robson takes the indirect free kick.
Joseph Mills fouled by Barry Robson, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Joseph Mills from the right by-line, Faris Haroun manages to make a clearance.
Tony McMahon fouled by Hal Robson-Kanu, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Bates takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon, Rhys Williams produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Rhys Williams. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Mikele Leigertwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott McDonald. Shot on goal comes in from Tony McMahon from the free kick, Corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon to the near post, Adam Federici makes a clearance. Mikele Leigertwood manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Robson on Joseph Mills. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
Justin Hoyte crosses the ball.
Jay Tabb challenges Carl Ikeme unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.
Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, Shot on goal by Adam Le Fondre from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Unfair challenge on Justin Hoyte by Mikele Leigertwood results in a free kick. Tony McMahon crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance. Corner taken by Tony McMahon from the left by-line played to the near post, save made by Adam Federici.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Rhys Williams. Rhys Williams restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Stephen McManus, Adam Federici makes a save.
Scott McDonald takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save. Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Barry Robson from the right by-line, clearance made by Alex Pearce. Corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon. Adam Federici makes a save. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joseph Mills by Marvin Emnes. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Close range headed effort by Jay Tabb goes wide of the left-hand post.
Barry Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Tabb. Free kick taken by Jay Tabb.
Mikele Leigertwood challenges Rhys Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rhys Williams restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Shaun Cummings on Marvin Emnes, free kick awarded. Nicky Bailey restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Simon Church misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Mikele Leigertwood.
The referee blows for offside. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Barry Robson.
Barry Robson fouled by Joseph Mills, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Barry Robson, Adam Le Fondre manages to make a clearance.
Headed effort from inside the area by Simon Church misses to the left of the target.
Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Scott McDonald goes wide right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff.
Marvin Emnes is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Joseph Mills takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jobi McAnuff, Rhys Williams manages to make a clearance.
Royals winger could stay sidelined
Reading's Jimmy Kebe remains a doubt for his side's league clash with Middlesbrough.
The winger hobbled out of the clash with Doncaster on September 17 and has not featured for the Royals since, as he tries to get over a knee problem.
Young forward Jordan Obita is the only other notable absentee for this weekend's game. Obita has pulled out of the England Under-19 squad due to injury and will not be fit to face Boro.
Frenchman Cedric Baseya has received international clearance following his move from Lille, but the hitman is unlikely to feature on Saturday, with boss Brian McDermott keen on continuing to integrate him into the squad.
Simon Church, Mathieu Manset and Adam Le Fondre are battling out for the two strikers' berths for Reading. Each has found the net in the last three games, as the Royals have picked up seven points from a possible nine.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray will assess defender Rhys Williams ahead of the npower Championship match.
The Australia international started in the goalless draw with Leicester despite being ill during the day, and his condition will be monitored over the next 24 hours.
Joe Bennett (knee) and Marvin Emnes (ankle) were also able to play against Sven-Goran Eriksson's men after winning their respective fitness battles.
Seb Hines continues his recovery from a knee problem, although Saturday's game against the Royals is likely to come too soon for him.
Jonathan Franks is expected to be sidelined until December after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder, but goalkeeper Jason Steele's return from a fractured bone in his wrist is imminent.
Bore draw for Boro
Middlesbrough meandered their way to their third straight goalless draw, and Reading extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to four matches at the Madejski Stadium.
A quick and lively first half gave way to a tiresome and tedious second, as neither side could open up the other's defences.
Reading's Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici produced a superb double save to deny Middlesbrough pair Scott McDonald and Marvin Emnes, while Adam Le Fondre and Simon Church went close for the Royals. Marvin Emnes and Barry Robson both hit the post late on, as Boro piled on the pressure, but in the end the two teams had to settle for a point.
The Royals took all the momentum from their astonishing late comeback win at Bristol City in midweek into the match's opening exchanges.
For the first quarter-of-an-hour the hosts camped themselves in Boro territory. Hal Robson-Kanu, restored to the starting line-up in place of Noel Hunt, shot straight at the keeper, Simon Church headed just wide from Jobi McAnuff's cross and the same player then fired wide when well placed.
Boro could not get a foothold on proceedings, with Matthew Bates' looping header which sailed well over the crossbar the visitors' best chance.
Jay Tabb should have done better than head Shaun Cummings' cross wide, but on 27 minutes the away side almost took a shock lead.
Federici, until then a passenger in the game, sprung into action to produce a stunning double save to deny first McDonald and then Emnes when both seemed certain to score.
The Aussie was a one-man wall at Ashton Gate on Wednesday, and the stopper was recreating that form, as he did superbly to keep out Boro in the lead-up to the interval.
And Reading emerged from a period of concerted Middlesbrough pressure unscathed to go in level at half time, with both Adam Le Fondre and Church going close before the break.
The second half failed to match the intensity of the first in its early exchanges, with both sides seeming to flail a little in the heat.
But McDonald should have given Tony Mowbray's Boro the advantage with 20 minutes to go. With it seemingly easier to score, the Scotsman contrived to fire wide of Federici's goal.
It was an isolated moment of action in an otherwise completely forgettable half-hour of football.
With 15 minutes left, referee Anthony Taylor waved away Le Fondre's claims for a penalty, turning down suggestions Julio Arca had handled in the box, while at the other end Thomson lashed an effort over the bar.
Emnes went within a matter of inches of clawing three points for Boro, but saw his header clip the outside of the post on 80 minutes, and Robson smashed against the woodwork again two minutes later as the away side put Reading under the cosh in the dying moments without finding a way through.
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