Reading were left to rue a number of missed opportunities to pick up three points on Saturday, as they drew 1-1 with struggling Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
It was Chris Hughton’s side that took the lead on the day, as Reading defender Tom Holmes could only turn the ball into his own net after pressure from the onrushing Glenn Murray, after Sammy Ameobi had fired the ball across the penalty area.
Reading went on to earn a point though as Yakou Meite stepped off the substitutes bench to equalise with a neat finish past Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba.
But Lucas Joao and George Puscas spurned good opportunities to give the Royals the lead on the day, and they’ll be eager to get back on the scoresheet in the near future.
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Meite was there to rescue a point for the Berkshire-based side though, with the Ivorian international stepping off the substitutes in his first match back in action from an injury lay-off.
Veljko Paunovic’s side remain fifth in the Championship table, and will be eager to pull further clear of their play-off chasing rivals when they return to action on Wednesday evening against relegation-threatened Birmingham City.
Plenty of Reading supporters took to social media to react to Meite’s recent display in the draw with Nottingham Forest.
Take a look at the best of the reaction from Twitter below….
So good having Meite back. So refreshing to see a player with so much desire and work rate. One of our most important players 🔝#readingfc
— Alex 🇷🇸 (@alexr1871) March 13, 2021
Could see Yakou Meite go on to be a force in the prem similar to Michail Antonio #ReadingFC
— Erik O (@Orrgarde) March 13, 2021
If Meite’s fit on Wednesday he has to start. Made such a difference when he came on. #readingfc
— Louis Stagg (@dinglouis_) March 13, 2021
Meite has to start. Too many important goals. Not as pretty on the ball as Olise or Ejaria but he Impacts games! #readingfc
— Jordan Norris (@Jordan_Grittt) March 13, 2021
If Meite stays fit we’re promoted, if he doesn’t we’re not. I think it’s that simple #readingfc
— Liam Hiscox (@LiamHiscox) March 13, 2021
Frustrating. A game we should have won. Joao still out-of-sorts and Olise needs to get freekicks on target at least. Great to see Meite back. He made a difference. #Readingfc
— Paul Smith (@Skeptichead) March 13, 2021
Thank God Meite is back fit. Gonna be vital in the upcoming games.
— Lochlan King (@lwpk_king) March 13, 2021
So happy to have you back!
— Joel Shelton (@joel_shelton) March 13, 2021
Magic man x
— joely (@dingjoely) March 13, 2021
Cannot stop that man
— RFC_Ty (@TyMarsh74910868) March 13, 2021
— Naithan Singh Basra (@naithanxbasra) March 13, 2021
Cannot underestimate how important having Yakou Meite back is. Big physical presence, great link up with Joao and brings goals #ReadingFC
— Tony Dempster (@DempsterTony) March 13, 2021
Thank the lord we got something from that game. I know Paunovic will not be happy with a draw. Improvements are needed, especially with finishing. Yakou Meite is a legend🔵⚪️ #readingfc
— Luke (@Luke1871_) March 13, 2021