Half-time: Reading 0 QPR 0

QPR will feel they should be in front after a lively first half at the Madejski Stadium.

They dominated an opening 20 minutes in which Junior Hoilett’s 30-yarder hit the bar, Charlie Austin was twice denied at point-blank range by Reading keeper Alex McCarthy and Matt Phillips fired into the side-netting after being picked out by Joey Barton.

Reading, who wanted a penalty when Jordan Obita went down on his way past Danny Simpson, began to threaten and striker Pavel Pogrebnyak sent a shot wide and a header over.

QPR then lost Jermaine Jenas to what looked like a hamstring injury and continued to absorb pressure, with keeper Rob Green producing a good save to keep out Sean Morrison’s header from Danny Guthrie’s free-kick.

Rangers finished the half strongly, however, and McCarthy produced two more important stops,¬†blocking Austin’s header and diving to his left to tip away Hoilett’s low shot.

QPR (4-4-1-1): Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill; Assou-Ekotto; Phillips, Barton, O’Neil, Hoilett; Jenas (Kranjcar 31); Austin.
Subs: Traore, Johnson, Onuoha, Chevanton, Henry, Murphy.

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