Out of form Sky Bet Championship pair Hull City and Reading continue to be in much need of a league win after the pair played out a goalless draw at The KCOM Stadium.
It was the performances of the goalkeepers which stood out in a match of few moments of quality with both Allan McGregor and Vito Mannone pulling off good saves when called upon.
The first half can only be described as dour at best. Both sides went close with early free-kicks with John Swift forcing a good save from home keeper McGregor before a similar Seb Larsson effort was deflected just wide by a Reading player at the other end.
Reading were dealt two blows around the half hour mark with both Swift and captain Paul McShane hobbling off injured before they rode their luck five minutes prior to the half-time interval. Jarrod Bowen’s low strike forced a super save from Mannone and while Jon Toral stabbed in the rebound, referee Darren England was insistent that the Reading keeper had full control of the ball and the goal was disallowed much to the disgust of the Hull City supporters.
The second half saw a good chance come the way of Toral who struck an effort on goal from a tight angle but Mannone was equal to it.
The Tigers had another clear sight of goal on the hour when a Toral cross from the right evaded everyone to find Bowen at the far post but the midfielder blasted his shot straight at Mannone who made himself big as he advanced off his line.
Moments later it was Reading who were close to having the ball in the net but McGregor pulled off a stunning double save to keep a Liam Moore header out. The resulting corner kick found the head of Yann Kermorgant but the veteran headed his chance just over.
Larsson then fizzed a low free-kick from the edge of the box just wide while Toral’s header from a Bowen dink into the box warmed the palms of Mannone.
Kermorgant saw a late strike deflected wide as both sides went in search of a winning goal but in the end they were made to collect a share of the spoils which neither will have hoped for before kick-off.