Reading 1 Ipswich 1: Royals still looking for home win but Church saves them a point

Roy Keane

Another draw: Ipswich boss Roy Keane

Reading’s winless home run was extended to 16 league games, despite Simon Church’s second-half strike rescuing a point for Brendan Rodgers’ Royals in this battle of the Championship’s surprise strugglers.

Ipswich, spurred by a first win of the season last weekend, got off to a flying start as Jon Stead put them in front on nine minutes following a bizarre build-up.

David Wright’s long throw-in bounced up high off the Madejski pitch and Reading captain Ivar Ingimarsson could only steer a weak defensive header into the path of Stead, who swept home from 10 yards.

Reading responded well, though, and Grzegorz Rasiak twice headed wide before Church flicked a header just over the crossbar from a Jay Tabb cross.

But Reading’s persistence paid off two minutes into the second half when Church steered home a Gylfi Sigurdsson shot two minutes after the restart following a period of early second-half pressure.

Church nearly won it for Reading 15 minutes from time when his shot crashed off the underside of the cross bar after referee Dean Whitestone waved away Reading penalty appeals for an apparent trip on substitute Shane Long.

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