EPL: Reading, Swansea Play to Scoreless Draw on Boxing Day

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2012

READING, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Kyle Bartley of Swansea City is challenged by Reading Captain Jobi McAnuff during the Barclays Premier League match between Reading and Swansea City at Madejski Stadium on December 26, 2012 in Reading, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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The stage was set for a shootout at the Madejski Stadium on Boxing Day, as the club with the EPL's leading goal scorer (Swansea) visited the club that have given up the most goals this season (Reading). 

After the final whistle blew, the result of the match was the complete opposite of what was expected—a 0-0 draw. 

Both clubs had their fair share of chances throughout the match, but not even the EPL's leading scorer, Michu, could finish his attempts on goal. 

Swansea's Spanish sensation had two attempts on goal in the first half, but he could not convert either of those chances into a goal. 

In the second half, the home side began to come alive and create chances on the Swansea net. 

The first major attempt on goal in the match for Reading came in the 55th minute, when Jobi McAnuff's shot was sent on target. 

Reading's best attempt on goal came in the 85th minute, as a shot by Adam Le Fondre that was headed toward the back of the net was headed off the line by Chico Flores.

Swansea also had a strong chance on goal in the second half taken away from them, as Nathan Dyer's 66th minute shot was saved by Adam Federici. 

The biggest storyline coming out of the match was not the score—it was the injury to Michu.

Michu was forced out of the match with what seemed to be an ankle injury in the 81st minute.

The Swansea marksman had to be helped off the pitch by two members of the training staff. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time. 

With or without Michu, Swansea will head to Craven Cottage on Saturday to take on Fulham in a middle-of-the-table clash. 

As for Reading, they jumped out of the bottom spot of the table after QPR fell to West Brom at Loftus Road. 

The next match for the Royals will be on Saturday at home against West Ham United. 

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