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Sunday 20 April 2014

Royals misfire

READING 0
NORWICH 0

Reading remain in the bottom three of the Premier League after being held to a goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium by Norwich.

The Canaries travelled in good form, having picked up seven points in their last three league outings, but both teams were guilty of poor finishing and wasteful possession in a match that lacked any moment of quality.

The game started slowly and, other than a few profligate efforts sprinkled throughout the match, it never had the tempo required to get the home fans fully behind their side's quest for a maiden league victory.

The first chance of note came after a quarter of an hour when Royals winger Garath McCleary fired in a long-range effort that was parried away by John Ruddy in the Norwich goal.

Robert Snodgrass then missed the best chance of the game as he headed Wes Hoolahan's cross wide.

In a lacklustre second half Reading captain Jobi McAnuff arrowed a shot inches over the crossbar before Jimmy Kebe's cross bounced on top of the woodwork moments later.

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