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QPR 1-1 Reading FC: Report In 60 Seconds

Reading's return from the International break ended with a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road. Here's our initial report with a full analysis and player ratings to follow.

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A Danny Williams volley earned Reading a point at Loftus Road in an evenly fought contest against QPR.

Jaap Stam made a pair of changes from the side that drew with Derby, with Tyler Blackett in for Jordan Obita and Danny Williams also coming into the side with Captain Paul McShane missing through injury. That meant Chris Gunter took the armband with Joey van den Berg moving into the defence.

For 14 minutes it was a game of precious little action but QPR made their first chance count to take the lead. After Reading gave away possession in the Rangers half, a dinked through ball from Olamide Shodipo found Pawel Wszolek who beat Ali Al-Habsi to score his first for the club.

It took Reading 20 minutes to register an effort on goal, when Garath McCleary fired at Alex Smithies but a minute later the Jamaican turned provider to cross for Danny Williams who volleyed us level.

Roy Beerens had a great chance to give Reading the lead just before the break but couldn't hit the target from a well worked corner routine, leaving it 1-1 at the break.

The second-half saw more of the same, largely cagey and ineffective play from both sides in the final third, though both McCleary and Yann Kermorgant did carve out solid opportunities to give us a lead. Sadly there was no way past Smithies and Reading had to settle for a hard fought point.

We'll have a full report and player ratings to follow but the positives are that Reading did show some good signs of life in open play, while the defence, especially in the second-half, were excellent. There's no such thing as a bad point away from home and it just keeps the points total ticking over. Yet if you're being critical it's yet another game where our attacking trio have failed to make our slim openings really count.

So stay tuned for further analysis here on The Tilehurst End over the weekend, before the visit of Aston Villa to the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night.

Reading: Al-Habsi, Blackett (Obita), Moore, van den Berg, Evans, Gunter, Williams, Swift, Beerens, McCleary (Harriott), Kermorgant