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  • September 15, 2013
  • • 20:15
  • • Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire
  • Referee: G. Scott
  • • Attendance: 18306
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Reading 0-0 Brighton: Both sides sees red in stalemate

Reading 0-0 Brighton: Both sides sees red in stalemate

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Pavel Pogrebnyak was dismissed in the first half for the hosts before Leonardo Ulloa received a straight red card for his challenge on Alex Pearce

Reading and Brighton battled to a goalless draw after both sides were reduced to 10 men in Sunday's only Championship fixture.

Chances proved hard to come by at both ends in what was a bad-tempered affair that saw eight yellow cards and two players sent off.

Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, making his first start of the season, was first to see red after earning a second booking for simulation just after the half-hour mark.

And just eight minutes later, both sides were down to 10 as Leonardo Ulloa was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Alex Pearce.

Both teams' best chances came after the break, with Danny Williams threatening for Brighton from a header, while Ashley Barnes also brought a good save from Alex McCarthy from his close-range effort.

It was the first match of the season in which Oscar Garcia's Brighton have failed to score, and last season's play-off semi-finalists drop a place to 14th after the weekend's action.

Reading, who have now conceded just one goal in their last three games, sit ninth.

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