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Reading 0 Newcastle 0 – Tuesday 7 March 2017 7.45pm

Another point to the total and when added to the wins over Brighton and Huddersfield it makes for a very satisfactory week of away matches for Rafa Benitez.

The away fans have also been rewarded, with almost four thousand there last night to watch what turned out to be an entertaining match.

Newcastle’s first goalless draw of the season but that was despite plenty of near things for both teams.

Enjoy them below – Jonjo Shelvey’s volley would have been a cracking goal and not quite sure how Gouffran didn’t get to the rebound when Matt Ritchie hit the post.

Meanwhile, at the other end, I don’t know how the Reading player missed with his header in the opening stages and interesting to see that the home side’s three closest things all appeared to come via deflections.

An indication of decent defending by Newcastle but could have potentially left Karl Darlow stranded.

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)

(To read what Jaap Stam had to say after the game go HERE)

(Jamaal Lascelles spoke after the match, read that HERE)

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