Brighton 1 Reading 1 (Report)
8/3/14 - 3.00pm
A chance was missed for Brighton to collect a win that would have put them back into the Championship play off places, which Reading achieved after the 1-1 draw at the Amex.
Our 10 men weren't able to see through another 'one nil to the Albion' scoreline.
Royston Drenthe showed why he has played for Real Madrid previously with the Dutchman beating three players before crossing for Adam Le Fondre but Stephen Ward blocked his goal bound effort.
Albion took an early lead early on when David Lopez's cross was headed passed his own goalkeeper Alex McCarthy by Chris Gunter.
Reading, who had been threatening, had another chance when Jordan Obita crossed into Hope Akpan but from the edge of the area he missed the target but it was close with Gordon Greer then picking up his first yellow card for a foul on Le Fondre.
A second goal before the break would have been welcome for Albion, and given a cushion that it turns out we would have needed, but Lopez wasn't able to make the most of an opening from a free kick at the end of the half.
Hal Robson-Kanu caused our defence more problems early in the second half but his cross to Le Fondre just failed to pick out the striker but it wasn't long into the second half that we saw ourselves reduced to 10 men when Greer picked up his second yellow card for another foul on Le Fondre.
Oscar was forced into a reshuffle with Lewis Dunk coming on and Lopez sacrificed.
Reading were threatening to equalise with both Le Fondre and Nick Blackman going close before that equaliser finally did come.
Drenthe was able to beat Tomasz Kuszczak from the edge of the areas, with this being Kuszczak's near post he'll maybe be a little disappointed that he wasn't able to keep it out, but perhaps that's a bit harsh.
Reading probably should have then gone ahead but Blackman shot straight at Kuszczak.
Another Albion chance was then passed by with Will Buckley unable to hit the target after being set up by Leo Ulloa with Kuszczak making a fine save to deny Jobi McAnuff and keep us level.
Both sides wanted to win.
We both knew the importance of all three points from this game, so it was something we both went for, but when McCarthy saved from Buckley in injury time the sides had to be content with a point each, which leaves a three way battle for the final play off spot still very much on.
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