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Blackburn boss Hughes satisfied after Reading stalemate

Blackburn failed to take the three points against ten men Reading at the Madejski Stadium but are still in with a chance of European football next season.

Brad Friedel making his 350th appearance for Rovers made a couple of crucial saves late on as Reading threatened to take all three points and ease their relegation fears.

Blackburn could not take advantage of Reading midfielder Marek Matejovsky 70th minute dismissal and push their claim for a top six finish.

Roque Santa Cruz and Jason Roberts both had good opportunities to claim Rovers seventh away win of the campaign but a point was probably only either side deserved in a dour encounter.

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes felt that the draw was a fair result.

"0-0 pretty much summed up the game in fairness.

"It was a really flat game and a flat performance from both sides I felt.

"We had a lot of guys away and a lot of travelling so we hadn't had a lot of time to prepare for the game so that can possibly be put up as an excuse.

"I just felt over all that the game just petered out and there was never really any energy or any dynamic play in the game which we always see when we play at a decent level so really the game petered out from our point of view."

The former Wales boss continued, "We had opportunities, with twenty minutes to go with an extra guy you expect us to really go on and win the game, but as we know ourselves it can be more difficult when you've got the extra guy as we proved with ten men last week.

"So it wasn't easy, they took one of their front guys off so they tried to get two banks of four so really the exercise was to break them down and cause them a problem and in fairness we never really put them under any concerted pressure for any length of time, and as a consequence as I said the game petered out."

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