Norwich Extend Their Unbeaten Record To Nine & Stay Second After 1-1 Draw At Reading
Norwich City fans travelled in their number to Reading for a top of the table clash and Norwich fans took over 2,000 fans midweek to Reading for this fixture.
Norwich made just one change to the starting 11 which saw Onel Hernandez replaced by youngster Liam Gibbs which left many fans confused after Hernandez performances have been very good whilst Gibbs has been out.
Reading made changes which saw Tyrese Fronah and Loum Ndiaye come into the side looking to help bolster their team to give them a little bit of added confidence.
Norwich started off the better of the 2 sides having a majority of the ball for the first 8 minutes again moving the ball about the pitch with confidence.
Norwich showed in the first few minutes what they had done all season with plenty of the ball but the little question in the back of Norwich fans head was ‘Can we do something with all of our possession’.
But as time went on that very question was answered and it was quite a clear and obvious ‘No’ which leaves Norwich fans worried and after the initial spell of possession with the ball Norwich reverted back to their old tricks by giving the ball away far too many times offer Reading players the chance to shoot and give them a chance of winning the game which they almost took through the likes of Andy Carroll, Jeff Hendrick and Junior Hoilett.
Norwich's best chances of the first half came from a through ball from Max Aarons who sent Kenny Mclean through but the pull back was deflected onto the crossbar from Tom McIntyre.
Norwich came out again in the 2nd half much like they did in the opening few minutes of the game and they found Nunez who had a number of opportunities after a very quick Norwich counter attack. Then another opportunity saw Max Aarons burst down the line and whip a ball into the box and after headers from Sargent and Byram it fell for Grant Hanley to hit it on the half volley into the back of the net to put them 1-0 up in the 50th minute.
Reading have now shown why they are in 3rd with one of the best home records because after the hour mark they piled the pressure on and they found that the Norwich team had been giving the ball away far too easily giving them opportunities to get further forward. Then not long after this Norwich defenders left Jeff Hendrick far too much space who had a shot from just outside of the box and it found the bottom corner to put the Royals 1-1.
Reading FC: Lumley, McIntyre, Holmes (C), Hutchinson, Guinness-Walker (Mbengue 73), Hoilett, Loum, Fornah, (Ejaria 74) Hendrick, Ince, Carroll (Joao 73).
Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Hanley (C), Omobamidele, Byram, Gibbs, McLean, Ramsey (Hernández 64), Núñez (Sinani 73), Sargent, Pukki (Dowell 73)