At half time is was still all square at the Madejski stadium but Reading have had the better chances and Leroy Lita has missed two almost open goals, both of which he should have probably put in the net.
One thing is clear and that is Newcastle will have to raise their game as Reading should have been one – and maybe two goals up at the break.
12 mins Leroy Lita had an excellent chance to score from 6 yards out but somehow missed the ball as it came through a â€“ a let off for Newcastle.
Geremi is playing out wide on the right but all 4 midfielders are naturally central midfielders in it will be hard to have some width today.
After 15 minutes Owen saw himself almost clean through on a high ball into the box and it looked like it could have been a penalty as Hahnemann bundled Owen over â€“ but the ball went for a goal kick.
18 mins â€“ Enrique breaks up the danger with a nice headed ball back to Given in the Newcastle goal.
19 minutes Lita has the ball in the box but an excellent tackle by Faye robs the England Under-21 international and Faye clears well.
21 mins Newcastle are trying to play the ball into the feet of the forwards and are playing quite good attacking football but Reading are starting to have more of the play.
22 mins A great cross by Enrique finds Geremi but he heads weakly past the post â€“ a half chance for Newcastle.
38 mins â€“ Lita gets through in the right channel and puts in a decent shot which Given saves well low to his left.
40 mins Newcastle have a free kick just outside the box but Geremi tries a placement and puts it wide of the post.
43 mins â€“ An amazing let off for Newcastle as Given and Cacapa donâ€™t communicate and Cacapa plays the ball past Given and itâ€™s going into the net but Given gets back to dribble it clear before it goers across the line. Terrible communication by the two Newcastle players â€“ Given should probably have gone and collected the ball from Cacapa.
44 mins Another excellent chance falls again to Leroy Lita and he hits the ball about 6 yards over the bar form 6 yards out â€“ a terrible miss by Lita who has squirmed 2 excellent chances.
Just before the half time whistle a dangerous free kick is sent over the bar by Nicky Shorey.
Reading (4-4-2): Hahnemann; Murty (c), Shorey, Duberry, Sonko; Gunnarsson, Harper, Doyle, Hunt; Kitsonm Lita
Subs: Federici, Ingimarsson, Rosenior, Convey, Long
Newcastle (4-4-2): Given, Beye, Enrique, Cacapa, Faye; Barton, Butt, Geremi (c) Emre; Martins, Owen
Subs: Harper, Rozehnal, Milner, N’Zogbia, Smith
Ref: P Dowd