Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Given Green Light for Promotion; Chris Waugh with Things You Might Have Missed in the Draw at Reading

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Given Green Light for Promotion; Chris Waugh with Things You Might Have Missed in the Draw at Reading

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IT wasn't the most eventful end to an enthralling week, but there was still plenty to cherish from Newcastle United's hard-fought 0-0 draw at the Madejski.

Clearly during the second half, fatigue took its toll on the Magpies following their exertions of the previous week, but Newcastle actually had more clear-cut opportunities than Reading.

Matt Ritchie hit the post for the visitors, while Daryl Murphy and Jonjo Shelvey also had opportunities.

But there were also some moments you might have missed.

TRAFFIC chaos affects both home and away fans Many people queried why this match kicked off at 8pm but Reading's evening matches just about always do - and it's easy to understand why after this.

The match kicked off with the ground close to half-empty, primarily due to the traffic problems on the M4 around the Madejski. That's the problem with these out-of-town stadia which can only really be accessed by road...

Almost another calamitous defensive mix-up Paul Dummett and Karl Darlow combined to concede a howler against Bristol City a week and a half ago - and they almost did likewise at the Madejski. A back-tracking Dummett nodded the ball straight into the air and Darlow, who did not react immediately, only just got to the ball ahead of the on-rushing Lewis Grabban. Crisis averted on this occasion, thankfully.

A third different game plan in as many matches - involving the old-fashioned 4-4-2 Benitez is renowned for his tactical genius - and that was once again on show in Berkshire. In three of the Magpies' toughest away assignments of the season, all of which came in consecutive matches, the Spaniard has implemented three very different game plans. On this occasion, Newcastle were more 4-4-2 than 4-2-3-1, with the Magpies allowing Reading to have the ball in their own half, before intercepting in midfield and counter attacking at pace. …

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