FT: Reading 1 Leicester 1

FINAL WORDS - George says: "Unfortunately Reading been down to ten men since Leigertwood was brought on. Awful decision to put on a guy who struggles to keep with the pace of the game even when he is fit let alone when he hasn't played all season. Was a must win game from a reading point of view and 3 points was always a possibility until introduction of ledge." It's a good point for you George, puts you in the box seat for the last spot in the play-offs.

FULL TIME. An enjoyable stalemate here at the Madejski. The point lifts Reading into the top six, while Leicester take another point in their bid to be crowned champions. Thanks for your views tonight, stay with us for reaction.

90 (+5)
Reading put the corner into the box but Schmeichel punches away and the ref blows for full time.

90 (+5)
Pog wins a throw in five yards out on the right. Gunter puts a long throw into the box and Morgan heads out for a corner on the right.

90 (+4)
De Laet takes the throw in but the ball hits Dyer's hand on the edge of the box and it is a Reading free-kick just outside their box.

90 (+3)
Mahrez wins a throw in 20 yards out on the right. Leicester take and Pearce clears the box for another throw in 12 yards out on the right.

90 (+2)
Drinkwater tries an effort from 28 yards in the centre but it flies over.

90 (+1)
De Laet crosses into the box from the right but Morrison heads away. Leicester come again and T-F chests the ball down in the box but McCarthy clears.

Five minutes of added time are announced.

90
Mahrez gets to the right byline but R-K tackles. Drinkwater then wins a throw in five yards out on the right.

89
Wood tries an effort from the edge of the box but Pearce blocks.

88
Reading win a throw in 30 yards out on the right. They take and Hector tries to release Pog into the right corner but it goes out for a goal kick.

87
Mahrez takes the free-kick into the box but Reading scramble the ball away.

86
RED CARD - Leigertwood is sent-off for a second yellow card after catching Mahrez with a late challenge.

85
Reading are pressing and win a throw in 20 yards out on the right. They take but McAnuff concedes a throw in in a similar position.

84
McCleary is being replaced by Drenthe for Reading.

83
McCleary is down injured after being caught. He is getting treatment on the pitch.

81
Leicester win a throw in 40 yards out on the left. Schlupp takes but Wood is flagged offside as he tries to reach a long ball.

80
T-F is on for Nugent for Leicester.

78
Leicester win a throw in 30 yards out on the right. De Laet takes and Nugent tries to get onto the ball in the box but McCarthy is quickly off his line to gather.

76
Mahrez puts the corner into the box but Reading hold firm and win a throw in 15 yards out on the right.

75
Mahrez puts the free-kick into the box but Reading partially clear. He puts the ball back into the box and wins a corner on the left off Pearce.

74
R-K is on for Obita for Reading.

74
Leigertwood is booked for a challenge on Dyer to the left of the box.

74
Leicester take the free-kick but Morrison heads away in the box.

73
King is on for Hammond for Leicester.

72
Mahrez presses down the left flank and wins a corner on the left.

72
Hammond tries an effort from 28 yards in the centre but it is partially blocked and McCarthy collects the ball in the box.

71
Reading continue to dominate possession without creating a chance.

69
McAnuff takes the free-kick from 12 yards out on the left but Leicester scramble the ball away.

68
Obita wins a free-kick off Mahrez 25 yards out on the left. They take it short and De Laet is booked for blocking Bridge's cross from the left with his hand.

67
Mahrez floats a cross from 25 yards on the right into the box but Gunter heads wide under pressure.

66
Leicester take the corner but Pog heads over at the far post.

66
Wood is on for Vardy for Leicester.

65
McAnuff takes the free-kick but it misses everyone in the box. Pog retrives the ball and Reading feed the ball to Obita who tries an effort from 22 yard sin the centre which is deflected out for a corner on the left.

64
Obita presses down the left flank and wins a free-kick off De Laet 20 yards out near the touchline.

62
Obita puts the free-kick into the box but Morgan heads away.

62
McAnuff wins a free-kick 28 yards out on the left.

61
Leigertwood is on for Williams for Reading.

61
Leicester punt the free-kick forward and Bridge concedes a throw in 18 yards out on the right. Gunter takes and Drinkwater sets up Nugent in the box but he can not get his shot off from eight yards.

60
Williams fouls De Leat for a Leicester free-kick just inside their half.

59
Mahrez if fouled by Pog for a Leicester free-kick 30 yards out to the right of goal. They take it short but De Laet is flagged offside.

57
Leicester continue to pressure the Reading box but Obita eventually intercepts and clears.

56
Mahrez puts the second corner into the box but Reading clear. Leicester come again and Schlupp crosses into the box from 16 yards on the left but Morrison clears.

55
Mahrez wins a corner on the right. He takes but Williams heads away before Morgan's pass into the box is put behind for another corner on the right.

54
Leicester break forward and Nugent feeds the ball to Drinkwater in the box who tries to lob the keeper from eight yards but McCarthy saves with his face at point blank range and Pearce scrambles the ball away.

53
Reading take but Morrison partially clear. The hosts come again and try to release McAnuff into the left side of the box but it is just over hit and goes out for a goal kick.

52
Williams feeds the ball to Gunter on the right byline and he crosses across the face of goal and Morgan pouts it out for a corner on the right.

51
Bridge concedes a free-kick on the halfway line in the centre. Leicester take it short before Hector is tackled and Reading clear.

49
Pog wins a free-kick near the halfway line on the left. Bridge punts it forward and eventually McCleary crosses from six yards on the right. Pog heads at goal from four yards but it hits the right post and Leicester scramble it away. Unlucky!

48
Reading win a free-kick midway in their half on the left. Bridge floats the ball forward, Pog heads on but Wasilewski is there to clear.

47
Nugent creates a yard of space for himself before trying an effort from 28 yards in front of goal but it floats just over, although McCarthy had it covered.

46
Leicester re-start the game, no changes at the break.

Chris says: "The goal from Drinkwater was sensational!" Too right, what a strike!!

Fancy a bet? Sky Bet now go 5/2 for a Reading win, 3/2 for the draw and 11/8 for a victory to Leicester. It could go either way this and my 2-2 prediction is still running, but the odds are down to 13/2. What are your views / predictions for the second half? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best.

HALF TIME. It is all square after an enjoyable opening period at the Madejski. Stay with us for the second half.

45
McCleary is played by Williams one-on-one with Schmeichel in the box and tries to lob the advancing keeper but he gets his hands to it and it goes out. It should be a corner but the ref gives a goal kick, much to the annoyance of the home crowd.

44
Nugent tries an effort from 23 yards in front of goal but Pearce blocks, with the ball going out for a throw in 22 yards out on the right. Leicester take but Reading win their own throw in in a similar position.

43
Mahrez tries to beat McCarthy with a cheeky chip from the left but the keeper saves above his head.

42
Mahrez puts the corner into the box but Morgan heads over on the six yard box. It was a great chance and if he could have headed down it would have been a goal.

41
Drinkwater wins the ball off McAnuff and feeds the ball to Mahrez who wins a corner on the right.

40
Obita takes the free-kick short to McCleary who runs at the box before shooting from 22 yards but it lacks power and Schmeichel easily gathers.

40
Reading take but Morgan clears the box. The hosts come again and McCleary wins a free-kick off Hammond 30 yards out to the right of goal.

39
McCleary presses down the right and wins a corner on the right.

38
De Laet crosses into the box from ten yards on the right after good build up play from Vardy and Mahrez but Wiliams is there to clear.

36
McCleary tries a long range effort to the left of the box but it is wide and well over.

36
Reading float the free-kick into the box, Morrison heads on on the right but Schmeichel gathers.

35
Pog wins a free-kick of Wasilewski 30 yards out in the centre.

33
GOAL - DRINKWATER!!!! Drinkwater levels with a stunning strike from 22 yards in the centre after latching onto a loose ball. It left McCarthy with no chance. Game on!!!!

32
Mahrez creates a yard of space for himself and tries an effort from 12 yards on the right but his low shot is straight at McCarthy who gathers.

31
Leicester feed the ball to Vardy on the edge of the box in the centre but Pearce tackles and clears.

30
McClearly does well to get to the right byline and he crosses into the centre but McAnuff's shot from close range is scrambled away by Schmeichel at the near post, using his foot.

29
McCarthy punts the ball forward but Pog concedes a free-kick at the other end.

28
Leicester take the corner and win a throw in ten yards out on the right. Wasilewski puts the ball into the box and Pog is fouled by De Laet and wins a free-kick.

27
Schlupp crosses from 15 yards on the left and wins a corner.

26
Reading take the corner but eventually Pog heads wide on the right. Replays show Hammond put his hand up in the box going for the header with Pog and it hits his arm so there was a penalty shout there which was missed by the ref.

25
McAnuff swings the corner into the box but Leicester partially clear. Williams puts the ball back into the box and Schmeichel has to punch out for a throw in on the right. Reading take and Williams wins a corner on the right.

24
Morgan concedes a free-kick 18 yards out on the right touchline. Obita swings the ball into the box and Morgan has to head it out for a corner on the left.

23
Mahrez makes a strong run to the right edge of the box but his low effort lacks power and again is easy for McCarthy to gather.

22
Schlupp takes the throw in and eventually Wasilewski heads at goal from 12 yards but it lacks power and McCarthy easily gathers.

21
McAnuff takes the croner and Pearce tries a close range effort but Mahrez clears off the line. Leicester break forward and win a throw in 30 yards out on the left.

21
Obita makes a great run to the left byline and wins a corner on the left off De Laet.

19
Gunter gets past Schlupp on the right byline but the defender recovers to tackle.

17
Pog goes down under a challenge from Morgan in the box but the ref waves play on - he should have been booked for diving. Reading win a throw in 20 yards out on the left. They take and Obita crosses into the centre but Wasilewski clears.

16
GOAL - PEARCE!!!! Obita swings the free-kick into the box and the unmarked Pearce heads home from 12 yards at the far post into the opposite bottom corner!!! Game on!!!

15
Pog wins a free-kick 28 yards out in front of goal from Morgan.

14
Mahrez takes the corner low and De Laet meets the ball but shoots wide from 12 yards at the near post.

13
Leicester come again and Morrison has to put the ball out for a corner on the left.

12
Dyer feeds Vardy into the left corner. He gets past Morrison but Pearce is there to clear his cross in the centre.

10
Schmeichel gets to the ball ahead of McAnuff in the Leicester box.

9
Vardy has the ball in the net but he is flagged offside. Dyer passed to Schlupp who crosses across the face of goal from the left for Vardy to tap home but he is flagged offside. Replays show it was marginal.

8
Leicester press but Vardy's cross from the right is cleared.

7
Vardy tries to latch onto a long ball over the top but McCarthy is quickly off his line to gather on the edge of the box.

6
Dyer tries to get down the left flank but Williams tracks over and tackles.

5
Williams tries to feed the ball into the right side of the box for McCleary to chase but it is too close to Schmeichel who clears.

3
McClearly cuts the ball back from the right byline to Pog in the centre who has his shot blocked from 15 yards by Wasilewski. The ball falls to Gunter but he blasts well over from the edge of the box.

2
Pogrebnyak tries an effort from 25 yards in front of goal but his shot is charged down when it would have been better to pass to the unmarked Obita on the left.

1
Reading get the game underway.

A minute's silence to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Impeccably observed by the crowd.

Chris has been back in touch to ask: "Do you rate Reading as a contender to finish in the play-offs, despite them being inconsistent recently?" Of course they are a contender, I think eight teams down to Watford will still feel they have a chance for that last play-off spot, and whoever does, will have the momentum - makes it exciting!! Cheers Chris, enjoy the game!

More views - Stephen says: "Watching on line from Montreal Canada. Life long Leicester fan and very pleased to see them promoted! After the Brighton game Pearson will have had a few quiet words! Leicester to cruise to a 3-0 win!" Eamondo says: "If reading lose, manager sacked..." I disagree with that Eamondo, no way will they sack Adkins at this stage of the season in my view.

Rod from Poole says: "Can't wait for this one! Can see Reading upsetting the formbook with a 2-0 win, McAnuff and Pog snaring one apiece, either side of half time." Cheers Rod, enjoy the game!

Amir says: "I would like Leicester to win this one as I don't support either team, I am a Middlesbrough supporter and to keep our play-off hopes alive Reading have to lose. 2-0 Leicester win (hope they aren't complacent now that they are promoted)." Cheers Amir, you never know!

MY VIEW - I think there'll be goals here at the Madejski but nothing to separate the teams at the end, so a 2-2 draw which pays a handsome 12/1 with Sky Bet! What are your views / predictions? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com

Chris Green from Huddersfield is the first to think the Foxes will prevail. He says: "Leicester to win 2-0, with Mahrez and Nugent scoring the goals."

Alan Wellsteed says: "Improved display required from Reading based on a totally inadequate performance at Bournemouth last Tuesday. Too early for the Premiership especially with the current ownership issues."

FIRST VIEW - Jeevan has been in touch to say: "Reading need the 3 points a lot more than Leicester, although Pearson won't want an end of season fade out I still think Reading will come out on top winning 2-0." Cheers Jeevan, enjoy the game!

Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 15/8 for a Reading victory, 13/5 for the draw and 7/5 for a Leicester win. What are your views / predictions for tonight's game? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com

Teams - Nigel Adkins makes four changes to the side that were defeated by Bournemouth last time out, while counterpart Nigel Pearson has made five changes.

Referee - Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

Teams - Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Bridge, Pearce, Morrison, Hector, Williams, Obita, McCleary, McAnuff, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Federici, Kelly, Gorkss, Leigertwood, Robson-Kanu, Drenthe, Le Fondre.

Teams - Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Schlupp, Mahrez, Hammond, Drinkwater, Dyer, Nugent, Vardy. Subs: Konchesky, King, Moore, Taylor-Fletcher, Knockaert, Logan, Wood.

Welcome to the Madejski Stadium where Reading host already promoted Leicester looking for a result to climb back into the play-off zone. Can the Royals take something from the game or will the Foxes get back to winning ways? Send your views / opinions to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the evening.

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