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Sunday 28 April 2013 | Madejski Stadium | Referee: Kevin Friend | Attendance 23,388

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Reading and Queens Park Rangers were both relegated from the Barclays Premier League after they played out a 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium.

Both sides needed a win to keep their mathematical chances of survival alive, but the match suffered a lack of cutting edge with little quality.

QPR's Esteban Granero was denied by the woodwork from an early free-kick, while at the other end, Jose Bosingwa made a goal-line clearance to deny Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak, but that was as close as either side got to scoring.

While Reading kept the same side that lost 2-1 to Norwich City last week, with striker Adam Le Fondre remaining on the bench, the visitors made five changes. Jermaine Jenas, Granero and Jay Bothroyd won recalls as QPR's record signing, defender Chris Samba, was left out of the squad, while Tottenham loanee Andros Townsend was sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Reading started brightly but it was their opponents who came closest to opening the scoring, with Spaniard Granero shaving the crossbar with a 12th-minute free-kick. QPR almost scored again shortly after, as a terrific ball from Stephane Mbia released Bothroyd, but the forward saw his effort – which was clipped over Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy – bounce agonisingly wide.

A quick free-kick caught QPR napping seven minutes before the break and a header across the face of goal caused chaos, although Reading striker Pogrebnyak was unable to strike clearly both of his half-chances before Bosingwa cleared off the line.

Reading captain Jobi McAnuff hit a decent effort from outside of the area but it was comfortably saved by QPR goalkeeper Robert Green, while two penalty appeals from the hosts were turned down as both sides headed into the half-time break goalless.

The visitors were impressive immediately after half-time, with Loic Remy's header, which went over from a corner, a warning sign for Reading. QPR’s Adel Taarabt had two good efforts shortly after, but he scuffed his initial attempt at McCarthy before side-footing wide.

It was then Reading's turn to enjoy a good spell, as the hosts cranked up the pressure after the hour mark. First, Pogrebnyak cut inside and curled an attempt just wide of the right-hand post before Guthrie's long-range effort was saved by Green.

QPR were enjoying good spells of possession but Reading continued to threaten when they went forward and the introduction of Le Fondre spurred them on, with Pogrebnyak heading over from close range.

Le Fondre did the same in the 80th minute, after a terrific Guthrie cross, while defender Shane Morrison had a good header tipped over by Green in the dying stages.

At the other end, McCarthy spilled a Bothroyd shot, but he recovered quickly for Reading, as both sides were forced to settle for an ultimately meaningless point.

With three matches remaining for both sides in the Barclays Premier League season, they will only have pride to play for as a disappointing campaign draws to a close.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins: "I said to the players in the dressing room that it's not nice getting relegated and I never want to be in that situation again. We've got to bottle that feeling. We've got another game coming up next weekend against Fulham and two more games after that. We've got to put ourselves in a situation to keep progressing as a football club.

"We're going to be a Championship football team so what we've got to do is give ourselves an opportunity to get back in the Premier League and learn the lessons quickly from this season so we're in a position to be equipped to get back in the Premier League and to give ourselves the opportunity to finish higher than we have done this year.

"We want to play winning football. Today both teams came out with different ways to win a game of football, but unfortunately it's ended up with a 0-0 scoreline which didn't help anybody. We've got a nice bunch of lads who work hard. It's a great football club and we have to rebuild and get ready for next season.

"There is an opportunity to do that already and the mindset is we're looking forward to next season. The lessons we've learned from this season are invaluable."

QPR manager Harry Redknapp: “We’ve been in near enough every game this year. I just felt we lacked up front a little bit, we’ve been short a bit of quality to win games. The balance of the team has never been quite right in all honesty and we just came up short.

“It’s going to be very hard to get out of it [the Championship], make no mistake about that. We’ve got to get on with it, get the players fit over pre-season and try to get out of a very tough league. You need people who are going to be up for playing three times a week next year. QPR are not a superpower going into the Championship, it’s full of quality teams. We’ve got no divine right to come straight back up.

“I’ve got to sit down with the owners this week to see what the plans are. They’re great people and I’ll help them do whatever they want to do.”

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Line-up All Fans BFR
21. Alex McCarthy - -
27. Stephen Kelly - -
6. Adrian Mariappa - -
15. Sean Morrison - -
2. Chris Gunter - -
20. Danny Guthrie - -
30. Nick Blackman - -
12. Garath McCleary - -
11. Jobi McAnuff - -
4. Jem Karacan - -
7. Pavel Pogrebnyak - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
29. Daniel Carriço - -
41. Stuart Taylor - -
5. Alex Pearce - -
23. Ian Harte - -
9. Adam Le Fondre - -
10. Noel Hunt - -
19. Hal Robson-Kanu - -
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Robert Green - -
3. Armand Traore - -
6. Clint Hill - -
19. José Bosingwa - -
15. Nedum Onuoha - -
40. Stéphane Mbia - -
14. Esteban Granero - -
16. Jermaine Jenas - -
10. Adel Taarabt - -
37. Jay Bothroyd - -
18. Loïc Remy - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
4. Shaun Derry - -
21. Tal Ben Haim - -
20. Fabio - -
7. Park Ji-Sung - -
23. Junior Hoilett - -
33. Julio César - -
12. Jamie Mackie - -

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