It's as you were for Fulham and Reading as they played out a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage in the play-off first leg.

Slavisa Jokanovic made three changes for the play-off semi final first leg tie against Reading, with Floyd Ayite, Ryan Fredericks and Stefan Johansen all coming into the line up, with Neeskens Kebano, Lucas Piazon and Denis Odoi dropping out.

The first ten minutes saw both side have chances, but the best of those came to Tom Cairney who picked the ball up on the edge of the box and sent a curling striker goalward in almost identical fashion to the Leeds goal, but unfortunately it curled just wide of the post.

Fulham finally made use of the left flank 20 minutes after good work from Scott Malone and Ayite saw the former find Sone Aluko in the box with space, but the forward drag his effort inches wide of Ali Al Habsi's left hand post.

But it was Reading who took the lead in the 53rd minute when they broke through the middle with the ball finding its way to Jordan Obita, who slotted it home off the post.

However, Fulham got back into the game when some lovely football down the left between Ayite and Malone saw the left back in, but his cross was too close to Al-Habsi but the keeper could just palm it in the path of Cairney who nodded home.

Paul McShane saw red with ten minutes left for a rash challenge which saw him go studs up on Kevin McDonald, meaning the Irishman will miss the second leg at the Medejski.

Here's how we rated the players:

Bettinelli 7: It was another quiet one for Bettinelli. He looked composed in collecting crosses but he seemed to be unsure when he had the ball at his feet from time to time, while some of his goal kicks were hit too long to be threatening.

Malone 7: Wanted the ball on the left all game, with the majority of the most threatening attacks coming from his flank. He was the man who put the ball in after a lovely interchange for Fulham's equaliser.

Ream 8: Solid at the back throughout the first half once again, continuing his run of impressive performances in the heart of the Fulham defence.

Kalas 7: Looked assured with Ream at his side and dealt with the physical presence of Kermorgant well throughout the game. His tracking of runners when Ream challenged the Reading forward in the air was a highlight for me.

Fredericks 7: A good defensive game from the right back, if not his best going forward. Did well a number of times to snuff out danger as Reading looked to use the space in midfield to build attacks.

Johansen 7: Was the engine in the Fulham midfield again and didn't stop running as he tried to link attack and defence for the home side.

Cairney 7: Another good game from the skipper and it was him who got the equaliser when he gambled on Al Habsi spilling, which was exactly what the keeper did.

McDonald 7: Did another job in front of the defence and stopped Reading from slicing through the middle when Fulham went looking on the break. His work is so often overlooked but he was in good form once again today.

Aluko 7: Was the key man in the first half for Fulham, with both his attacking and defensive work keeping the side ticking along, but should have scored with his effort in the 20th odd minute.

Ayite 7: Didn't have too much of an impact on proceedings at the Cottage today but his work up front in the second half after Martin was replaced must be commended.

Martin 6: Had very little impact on the game and found himself in a battle with the three Reading centre backs for most of the game. Held the ball from time to time but the number 9 route wasn't working for Fulham.


Kebano 6: His pace and trickery helped give Fulham an outlet on the left, but his final ball was somewhat lacking for the time he was on the pitch.

Cyriac N/A: Wasn't on the pitch long enough to have an impact but was on long enough to smash one over the bar.