Knibbs nets again as Royals pick up point – Reading Today Online

Reading v Leyton Orient

READING picked up another point in their quest for League One survival, coming from a goal down to draw with Leyton Orient.

After a promising start, Reading fell behind to a penalty, but levelled up quickly through Harvey Knibbs.

A flat second-half ensued as the Royals had to settle for a draw, leaving them three points adrift of the relegation zone.

Reading started the day four points behind several teams but moved a point closer to Wycombe after their home defeat.

Ruben Selles kept faith in the same starting eleven following their impressive win over high flying Derby County in midweek,

There was also a place on the bench for Tom McIntyre, despite reports linking him with a move to League One leaders Portsmouth.

The Royals went into the contest four points adrift of safety, while Leyton Orient had won four of their last five with eye-catching wins over Pompey and Bolton.

The hosts started brightly and saw Charlie Savage’s dangerous free-kick headed clear before Femi Azeez sliced a shot high and wide.

Orient tried to take advantage of Mukairu’s misplaced pass, but Tyler Bindon was there to mop up for his side.

Having made a promising start, Reading were unfortunate to find themselves a goal down when a header struck the arm of Tom Holmes, leaving the referee no choice but to award the visitors a spot kick.

Daniel Agyei took responsibility for the O’s and after a slow and stuttering run up he tucked the ball past David Button.

Selles’ side didn’t let that deter them and responded quickly and could have been level moments later when a teasing low ball into the box from Andy Yiadom evaded both Harvey Knibbs and Paul Mukairu.

It took Reading just four minutes to square the game again when Sam Smith met Savage’s corner and flicked the ball on for Knibbs who dispatched a low shot past Solomon Brynn.

The chances kept coming, this time for Orient when Button spilled a shot which fell kindly for Shaqai Forde who blazed the ball high over the top with the goal gaping.

Button stayed strong to turn away an Agyei shot and Azeez then came close at the other end after his momentum took him into the box before Brynn parried his poked effort behind with the half coming to a close all level.

Orient exerted some early second-half pressure which required Bindon to stay switched on in his six-yard box.

Bindon and Smith both went into the book before Selles opted for a double switch with both Clinton Mola and Michael Craig replacing Dorsett and Savage.

After a slow start to the second-half, the Royals had a few attempts when Lewis Wing saw his shot bounce off an Orient body before Yiadom’s effort was caught by the keeper.

The game had gone flat with Reading’s performance dropped off since the first-half, was prompted two more switches as Amadou Mbengue and Caylan Vickers replace Mukairu and Yiadom.

With 10 minutes to go, Bindon was almost [punished when he gifted the ball to Orient and Button had to come to the rescue to push a shot behind for a corner.

Having barely fashioned a chance throughout the half, Knibbs forced a corner when his strike was blocked behind, but the set piece was wasted and comfortably collected by Brynn.

Reading’s final sub saw Holmes withdrawn after he had picked up a heavy knock earlier and he was replaced by McIntyre for the final seven minutes plus stoppage time.

Knibbs found Wing in the box, but he took a fraction too long to get his shot away and saw it hit an Orient body.

After six minutes of addition time, the scores remained level as the points were shared.

The results leaves Reading in 21st with a trip to rivals Oxford United on the horizon.

Reading: Button, Yiadom, Bindon, Holmes, Dorsett, Savage, Wing, Knibbs, Azeez, Mukairu, Smith

Subs: Pereira, Mola, McIntyre, Ehibhatiomhan, Mbengue, Craig, Vickers

Leyton Orient: Brynn, Sweeney, Happy, Agyei, Brown, Sotiriou, Archibald, El Mizonuni, Forde, Beckels, Galbraith

Subs: Howes, James, Pigott, Cooper, Moncur, Pratley, O’Neill

Goals: Agyei 19’ (pen), Knibbs 23’

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