Smith nets leveller as Reading FC settle for derby day draw with Oxford United – Reading Today Online

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READING FC had to settle for a point in their derby day game with Oxford United in League One.

Ciaran Brown headed the visitors in front before Sam Smith provided a quick leveller.

After all the excitement at the end of the first-half, the second-half failed to deliver any excitement with both team’s having to settle for a point.

DAVID BUTTON 6: Didn’t have an awful lot to do. Couldn’t have done anything with the Oxford goal, which was their only shot on target.

ANDY YIADOM 6: Used his experience to stay composed at the back. Delivered a good cross at the near post for Smith which led to a good chance in the first-half

NELSON ABBEY 6: Not at his usual best. Nearly caught out by Mark Harris early in the second-half but was rescued by Button. Replaced before the hour mark by Tyler Bindon

TOM HOLMES 5: Got drawn out to the ball which left space in behind as Craig had to cover and commit a foul. Booked for a mistimed tackle just outside the box.

JERIEL DORSETT 5: Didn’t get tight enough to his man to stop the cross which led to Oxford’s opener. Taken off for Mbengue in the 58th minute

MICHAEL CRAIG 5: Booked for cynically stopping an Oxford attack when trying to amend for Holmes’ error. Taken off in the 67th minute for Charlie Savage.

LEWIS WING 6: Played a brilliant weighted pass through to find Smith for the equaliser

HARVEY KNIBBS 6: Worked relentlessly to press Oxford’s backline. Got into a couple of good positions in the box but had shots blocked.

FEMI AZEEZ 6: Some really bright moments in attack, including some driving runs forward. Missed a big chance from close range.

CAYLAN VICKERS 5: A peripheral figure for too much of the game. A couple of promising moments but struggled to get involved too often. Taken off for Elliott for final 10 minutes.

SAM SMITH 7: Timed his run expertly to break the Oxford line and showed fine composure to apply the finish. Worked hard up top despite not having much service.



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