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.

SUBS

AMADOU MBENGUE 5, TYLER BINDON 6, CHARLIE SAVAGE 5, BEN ELLIOTT n/a

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