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Fulham 1 Reading 1 (Play-Off First Leg)

Fulham 1 Reading 1 (Play-Off First Leg)

In front of a crowd of in excess of 21,000, at Craven Cottage a 1-1 draw leaves this Championship Play-Off tie evenly balanced ahead of the second leg on Tuesday evening.

With nothing between the two sides, both will enter the second leg with dreams of making the Final at Wembley Stadium.

The game got under-way in brilliant sunshine but it was to be Reading that started the better of the two sides.

Jaap Stam had a game-plan whereby his side would press Fulham deep in their own half, denying them the chance to get their passing game together. A nervous looking Fulham defence were having trouble keeping Grabban at bay and twice the striker almost put the visitors ahead.

Gradually Fulham started to get their passing game together and created two decent chances, the first saw a left-footed shot from Cairney drift just wide whilst, from nearer to goal, Aluko saw his effort slide just wide of the post.

0-0 at half-time, Reading were to edge ahead after fifty-three minutes when Obita drilled a hot home in off the post. Fulham may have felt hard-done by as in the build-up to the Reading goal McShane appeared to foul Johansen.

Fulham weren`t behind for long, thirteen minutes to be precise, before Cairney levelled the game with his thirteenth goal of the season, netting from close-range.

With ten minutes to go, in what was occasionally a tempestuous affair, the reading defender, McShane, received a red-card for a dangerous tackle on McDonald.

Fulham desperately tried to force a winner with their man advantage but the closest they came was in stoppage time when Fredericks went close with a shot that drifted just wide.

All to play for in the second-leg and the promotion dream is still alive.



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Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Sunday May 14 2017
Time: 9:36AM

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