Date: 2nd February 2019 at 6:02pm
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Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith took the side to the Madejski Stadium earlier today for the Championship clash against Reading.

Following a busy deadline day as the month of January came to a close, there was a starting debut for capture Tyrone Mings and with late and somewhat unexpected arrival, Tom Carroll also made his debut off the bench late on in the second half.

As for the game itself, we had the greater and better chances on the day but with Tommy Elphick hitting the woodwork, the next best chance fell to Tammy Abrahan and he’ll have been disappointed to not find the back of the net with the one chance in particular that fell his way.

Another point, but another draw and in many ways a missed opportunity for extra points.

Speaking to the BBC following the end of the match, Smith said of the performance.

“There is a feeling of frustration but our performance levels are back to where I want them to be. We started well and were on the front foot and I thought we were especially good in the second half. We changed it tactically at half time and had the best chances in the game. Tammy Abraham had two headers and will probably be disappointed that he didn’t score. On the balance of chances we were the better team today. They’ve got a new manager and they’ll cause teams problems here. We looked resolute and Tyrone Mings was fantastic, but the only thing missing was a goal.”

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