Reading travelled to Milton Keynes off the back of a very impressive point away at Derby in midweek, where they were unfortunate to come home with the 3 points. On the other hand, MK Dons had a disastrous week with a 5-0 defeat at home to promotion chasing Burnley, and the two met on Saturday afternoon at stadium:mk.
The opening stages were very scrappy with neither time really carving out a clear cut chance until McCleary slotted Vydra through on goal but only for the Czech international to scuff the chance wide when it looked certain the net would bulge. The closest that The Dons got to getting on the scoresheet was when Ali Al Habsi produced a fine save from a Nicky Maynard header, however the at the end of a pretty dull first 45, the score was 0-0.
Proceedings started to liven up in the second half as Norwood and McCleary both forced David Martin into very good saves early on before Vydra was released one on one with Martin and got tripped by McFadzean, in my opinion, he both denied a clear goal scoring opportunity and was the last man, however, the referee obviously saw it differently and only produced the defender a yellow card. At the other end, Murphy and Forster-Caskey both saw attempts stopped from Al Habsi, before the vital moment in the game occured. A corner was drifted in by Forster-Caskey and as Reading failed to react to the second ball, Joe Walsh was on hand to acrobatically fiinsh from close range to send the Dons 1-0 up.
After the goal, MK Dons defended resolutely but as was the story throughout the game, Reading failed to deliver any quality in the final third and as MK Dons ran out eventual winners, Reading failed to win on the road yet again and have now only won 3 games in their last 16, and they were all home wins against struggling teams. For the Dons, it’s a vital 3 points in the relegation scrap, made even more important by a surprise win for Bristol City at home to table toppers Middlesbrough.