Reading 0 Newcastle 0 – Tuesday 7 March 7.45pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
Leazes Park Ender:
“The alleged season defining sequence of three away games on the spin is over.
“That’s seven points from a possible nine. More than I thought we’d get. Can’t complain too much.
“We are still well placed. Reading with the second best home record in the division.
“The more negative reaction is that this is a five point lead cut back to three at the top, and nine to third.
“Rafa made some tweaks tonight, with Gamez coming in for Anita and Perez for Diamé. He does that sort of rotation. I had expected Gayle to maybe start the game.
“So we live to go again. Fulham up next back on home turf. We need to throw the kitchen sink at them.
“Elsewhere tonight Leeds let in a late leveller against Fulham at Craven Cottage. It’s a three horse race now.”
“Keeps the scoreboard ticking over and 7 from 9 was a dream scenario from these 3 away games.
“We beat our main opponents too, whilst Reading are out of the automatic race.
“4 or 5 wins needed, would be good to start with Fulham on Saturday.”
“We would all have taken seven points from these three season defining away games.
“Especially with the two wins being against Brighton and Huddersfield.
“Promotion is very much on track!
“If given the chance I’d have taken 7 from 9 points before the these last three games.
“No big shakes to only get a draw after last two games.
“One game less and a point closer.
“Should Gayle have been on earlier in game?Would it have worked out different – who knows?
“We are still top and plenty work ahead but hopefully enough to see the job through.”
“7 points from 9 away from home against teams in the top 5 – got to be happy with that!
“Not a great game tbh, pretty poor second half but going home quietly content…
“Looking forward to be back at St. James’ on Saturday.”
“Good point, great haul for the week.
“Won’t be one for the highlights dvd by any stretch, but only a couple of days after Huddersfield this type of a ‘pig in lipstick and wig’ performance and result was on the cards.
“Aye Brighton and Huddersfield won, so in theory a small backwards step tonight, but personally I’m delighted with our lot.
“After tons of folk pressing the big red panic button and doubting Rafa – we’ve gone and done exactly what the doubters said we couldn’t. Shown tons of bottle and balls of metal.
“Keep it up lads, it’s coming.”
“Think it says a lot that we come away from the game slightly disappointed with a draw against a top six side.
“Thought we played alright, had our chances and defended reasonably well.
“Approaching the three away games I would have been delighted to take 7 points.
“Pleased we kept the unbeaten run going, hoping we can take a lot of positivity into the Fulham game on Saturday!”
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
Darlow, Gamez, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Colback (Diame 88), Shelvey, Gouffran (Atsu 69), Perez, Murphy (Gayle 75)
Elliot, Hanley, Mbemba, Anita
Crowd: 23,121 (3,704 Newcastle)