Goalkeeper Daniel Iverson impressed me - Preston supporter John Smith has his say on 0-0 draw against Reading

If Reading’s famous fan Chris Tarrant had asked me for a pre match prediction I would have opted to go for a 50/50 as before kick off I really had no idea  which way to call  this one due to our season of being consistently inconsistent.

Sunday, 24th January 2021, 4:14 pm
Updated Sunday, 24th January 2021, 4:16 pm
Preston North End's Ben Whiteman battles with Reading's Lucas Joao

After a hard fought midweek win at Birmingham we started the day seven points off a play off position and a further point away from our fifth placed opponents Reading.

Although this hard earned third draw of our season narrowed the play off gap to a point we remain in the chasing pack a distance behind Reading and will have to turn a recent trot up the table into a gallop in the seasons final furlongs if we are to gate crash the leagues end of season knockout tournament this year.

Scott Sinclair’s shot on target in the game’s first minute was a signal of some attacking intent as we began the game looking confident and on the front foot.

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However, Reading, who had only lost once on road in their last six outings, came into the game more as the half went on although personally I thought that we were unlucky not to be in front shortly before the break when Emil Riis had a close range effort saved.In the second half Reading pressed a little more and we were indebted to my man of the match Daniel Iversen for keeping the scores level. I thought the young Dane had a decent home debut and looks a very capable keeper at this level.

His second successive clean sheet was almost ruined towards the end of the game when Joe Rafferty ended up playing British Bulldog in the penalty area which resulted in the contentious award of a penalty to Reading which fortunately for us was fired wide.

In the end I thought the draw was a fair result as we did not really create enough up front to deserve all three.It was a good all round performance but one gripe I have is the amount of needless free kicks we concede in dangerous areas which almost resulted in us giving this game away.