Reading only managed one effort on target but Jaap Stam still felt his team could/should have won.

Kermorgant had a shot saved by Karl Darlow whilst Newcastle had five efforts on target.

Both sides struck the woodwork, with Ritchie hitting the post in the first-half and Gouffran somehow failing to get the touch when it rebounded out. Whilst McCleary struck the bar in the closing seconds of the game.

After getting caught out on the break a few times, Jaap Stam said he’d warned his players at half-time about this.

Maybe heeding what had happened to both Huddersfield and Brighton in the past week, the Reading boss perhaps happy to settle for a draw in the circumstances.

This and results elsewhere keeps Newcastle nine points clear of third and reading seven above seventh.

The two sides hot favourites for automatic promotion and the play-offs respectively.

Jaap Stam:

“If you play big games against sides like Newcastle at this stage of the season, it’s important not to lose games.

“It is also important to create a few chances and perhaps the only thing we can say that is disappointing, is we didn’t score one.

“I think sometimes we were perhaps too eager to go forward in the first half and we were warned a couple of times with the chances Newcastle had on the break.

“But, we spoke about it at the half-time, and in the second half we did what we needed to, to be patient and not let them run.

“We got the opportunities but we couldn’t score, which was a pity.

“But, playing against a team like Newcastle, it’s not a shame when you come away with points.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Reading 0 Newcastle 0

Possession was Reading  70% Newcastle 30%

Total shots were  Reading 8 Newcastle 13

Shots on target were Reading 1 Newcastle 5

Corners were  Reading 7 Newcastle 5

Referee: Andy Davies

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Gamez, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Colback (Diame 88), Shelvey, Gouffran (Atsu 69), Perez, Murphy (Gayle 75)

Unused Subs

Elliot, Hanley, Mbemba, Anita

Crowd: 23,121 (3,704 Newcastle)

(To read the instant fan/writer reaction to this Reading match go HERE)

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  • SH.ER

    What chances my friend ? hahaha
    We had MORE chances and that’s just from counter attacking you
    This guy just does not wanna admit that his team has failed to break us down
    6 shots (1) OT while we had 13 shots (5) OT
    and that’s just from counter attacks
    This is why i wanted Benitez to just attack and rattle them
    they are not impressive , they do nothing with their boring possession

  • Paul Patterson

    The stats tell a different story I’m afraid.
    Shut your trap, Jaap . .

    • Delashio

      Why dont you shut yours? Almost every week the mag just uses the stats to our advantage. Reading were good for their point tonight so get real pal.

      • Paul Patterson

        Are you finished attacking a throwaway comment?
        Stats can be used to anyones ends, but I’d take the better shots on target ratio over the possession and the fact that we were away from home and took a point.

  • Leazes Ender

    7 from 9 points, I’ve got to hand it to Rafa, the players and Ashley.