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Ahead of the game | Tractor Boys in town

Final home game of the season beckons for the Royals

26 April 2018

With safety in the Championship still not guaranteed for the Royals, there's plenty at stake at Madejski Stadium this weekend...

Club News

Sanctuary Strikers to attend Ipswich clash

26 April 2018

Reading vs Ipswich Town
Saturday 28th April, 3pm
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium

Five points separate the Royals from the bottom three in the Championship with two matches remaining, so a win for Paul Clement and his side against Ipswich will guarantee the Royals' place in the second tier next season.

All the more reason to be here backing the boys in RG2 this weekend! We need your support one last time to get the team over the line against Ipswich, who are comfortable in mid-table as it stands.

The Tractor Boys are managerless following the early departure of long-serving boss, Mick McCarthy, earlier this month. Bryan Klug is holding the reins at Portman Road until a new permanent manager is found, but Ipswich will be hoping to finish their season on a high.

For the Royals, centre-halves Paul McShane and Tommy Elphick will be hoping to work their way back from injury in time for the end of the season, while Sam Smith and Joseph Mendes will be pushing for a place in the squad after impressing for the U23s in midweek.

For the last time at Madejski Stadium this season, come on URZ!

 

Tickets

Tickets are on sale now and will be available to purchase on the day of the game for all home supporters. For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313.

Click the button below for full selling information for this game.

Travel

There have been important changes in car parking and bus travel for the upcoming season, with parking at Madejski Stadium now having to be pre-booked online, as well as a continuation of our bus subsidies with Reading Buses. There are more places to park than ever before, though, so click here and find out what the best option is for you!

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Odds 

EFL title sponsors Sky Bet have Reading as odds-on favourites for victory at Madejski Stadium, at a price of 17/20. Ipswich are available at 16/5 for the win, with the draw priced at 13/5.

With the Royals winning 1-0 on two out of three occasions with Paul Clement as manager, a repeat of that scoreline against Ipswich is priced at 6/1 with Sky Bet.

Officials

Keith Stroud will be in charge of proceedings at Madejski Stadium, for his third time in charge of the Royals this season.

The Hampshire official oversaw away wins against Derby County and Sunderland earlier in the campaign, and he has averaged a relatively high caution count of 4.3 yellow cards per match, also brandishing his red card seven times this season.

Mr Stroud will be assisted in RG2 by Mark Pottage and Graham Kane, while Tim Robinson will be on hand as fourth official.  

Lap of Appreciation

Reading FC would like to request that all supporters remain in their seats for the completion of Saturday’s match.

The players and coaching staff would like to complete a lap of appreciation to thank you, our fans, for your support throughout the 2017/18 season, but will only be able to do so if the pitch remains clear.

The safety of players, managers, fans and match officials is of paramount importance and supporters who encroach on the pitch risk facing a banning order as well as a criminal conviction, while the club could also face a fine.

We therefore ask that you support us in this way and remain in the stands at all times.

Bus departure times from Madejski Stadium will be delayed by approximately 10 minutes after the end of the match this weekend to allow fans to stay behind for the lap of appreciation.


Thank you for your continued support.

Follow it Live!

If you’re based in the UK or Ireland and can’t make it to the match, you can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live audio commentary on iFollow for as little as £4.49 per month. Not only that, but our online subscription also allows you access to extended match highlights and exclusive interviews which you won’t see anywhere else.

And supporters based overseas will be able to watch live video of a majority of our games – including this one – by using iFollow.  Match passes are just £5 (prices equated to your local currency).

As ever, we’ll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and look out for our behind-the-scenes story and match photos on Instagram.  And head to Snapchat and find 'officialrfc' to follow our matchday story as it unfolds!

Reminder

We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.

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Battle goes to the final day after dismal defeat

Four goals in the final 20 minutes earned Ipswich a comprehensive scoreline and left Reading in real danger of relegation going into the final day of the season...

28 April 2018

A dismal end to the final home game of the campaign means the Royals will go into the last game of the season fighting for their lives at the bottom of the Championship tabl

  • Reading dominate large parts of the game as Ipswich put bodies behind the ball
  • Waghorn stabs home with 20 minutes remaining
  • Spence drills home to double the visitors' lead
  • Two injury time goals add gloss to the scoreline and ruin Reading's goal difference.

 Reading began brightly, a Liam Kelly ball over the top nearly finding Mo Barrow but the offside flag and an onrishing Bartosz Bialkowski thwarted the early attack.

A nice exchange down the right saw Chris Gunter win a corner which Aluko swung in, but Bialkowski was there to punch clear of Moore's head before winning a free kick for a foul by the defender in challenging for the header.

Reading came clsoe again with 20 minutes gone, Aluko delivering a corner from the right once more, Bodvarsson flicking it on and it ricocheted to the feet of Kermorgant whose left footed stab deflected off an Ipswich body and behind for another corner.

Kermorgant combined with Bodvarsson to good effect next, the Icelander chesting his strike partner's ball down and then hooking an effort goalwards from 20 yards out. It took a deflection once more and sailed just wide.

Against the run of play, Town nearly took the lead. Mustapha Carayol unleashed a stunning 25 yard effort that forced Mannone into a smart save at full stretch to his left.

But the Royals should have been 1-0 up when Barrow escaped his man down the right and played an early low cross into the box where Bodvarsson looked to tap home but failed to cleanly connect.



Waghorn jinked his way into a shooting position from the right side of the box, but his rising effort was calmly held by Mannone. But on the counter attack from an Ipswich attack, Barrow darted into the area but lifted his shot too high to trouble Bialkowski.

Aluko tested the Town keeper's handling with a left-footed effort from range, but after Kermorgant stooped to direct a header into the arms of Bialkowski in injury time, the two teams headed in level at the break. 

Half time | Reading 0-0 Ipswich Town

An injury to Omar Richards saw Tommy Elphick thrust back into the action in a reshuffle at the back. At the other end, Bodvarsson came close to breaking the deadlock when he flicked on a near post header from Aluko's corner and Bialkowski had to hack it off his goalline to keep the game goalless.

Reading came close to unlocking a stubborn Town defence soon after, but Swift's throughball towards Kermorgant was just cut out by a sliding tackle from Knudsen.

Aluko came close himself just before the hour, controlling a fizzed pass into him from Swift and cutting inside from thwe right of the area - but his shot didn't have the power to trouble Bialkowski.

A slick move on the edge of the box saw Bodvarsson and Kermorgant combine, the latter dinking a ball into the box for Barrow but he could only direct a very difficult chance over the crossbar.



Kelly found some space in the middle of the park five minutes later and his threaded throughball found Gunter bursting towards the touchline. But Bialkowski intercepted his cross with ease.

Ipswich were putting bodies behind the ball in the hope of catching Reading on the counter attack, but Barrow's floated cross to the far post found Aluko unmarked - but his scuffed volley bounced across the face of goal and wide.

And the Royals nearly broke the deadlock on the break themselves, Aluko and Kelly leading the counter attack before Bodvarsson took it up on the right and centred for Swift whose half-volley was tipped over the bar by Bialkowski.

But Ipswich stole the lead with 20 minutes left. Jordan Spence picked up a loose ball and passed it into Waghorn, who pivoted and turned the ball home from eight yards out.

A Barrow cross from the left deflected up off an Ipswich leg and dropped agonisingly wide of the back post as the Royals looked for a way back into the game.

But Bryan Klug's side made it 2-0 when Spence drilled low through the legs of Mannone to leave the Royals in real trouble.

The two substitutes, Chris Martin and Sam Smith combined, for the latter to direct a left footed effort that deflected wide.

And Ipswich rubbed salt into the wound when they scored a third in injury time, Freddie Sears capitalising on a mistake at the back to nod home into an open net for 3-0.

And it was 4-0 moments later as Callum Connolly dinked the ball over Mannone to send the travelling fans into raptures.

The Royals go into the final game of the season far from secure of their second tier status and needing a result at promotion-chasing Cardiff City on the last day.

Full time | Reading 0-4 Ipswich Town

Reading: Mannone, Gunter (c), Richards (Elphick 48), Moore, Ilori, Kelly, Swift, Aluko, Barrow, Kermorgant (Smith 82), Böðvarsson (Martin 79).
Subs: Jaakkola, Van den Berg, Edwards, Rinomhota.

Ipswich Town:
Bialkowski, Knudsen (c), Webster, Waghorn, Spence, Connolly, Nydam (Gleeson 77), Kenlock, Carayol (Sears 44), Folami (Cotter 89), Woolfenden.
Subs: Celina, Crowe, Morris, McLoughlin.
Goals: Waghorn 72, Spence 79, Sears 90, Connolly 90.

Att: 17,683 (1,233 away)

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For the final time this season… back the boys at Madejski Stadium!

Get behind the side at Ipswich

25 April 2018

Forget all the permutations with the other clubs scrapping for survival – we can make sure of our place in the Sky Bet Championship for the 2018/19 campaign with a win against Ipswich this weekend!

22 league fixtures on home turf down… just one left to play.  So we’re counting on your backing when we take to the Madejski pitch for the final time this weekend.

Since Paul Clement arrived in the home dugout, we’ve taken seven points from our three home fixtures.  And it has been those strong showings in RG2, alongside a vibrant atmosphere from all corners of the stadium, which have helped push the team on.

That’s what we want, and need – a partisan home support, noisy from start to end, helping the boys in the blue hoops to dig even deeper and to find that extra ounce of energy.

And that is what we’ve seen in the last few weeks… a renewed vigour about the way our supporters have been getting behind the team in Berkshire, and some performances and results to match on our patch.  More of the same is needed – this weekend, and beyond!

So it’s time to rally around together for one final time this season at Madejski Stadium and play our part.

Tickets are available now – Adult tickets begin at £20, with concessionary rates available too.  Just click the banner below for full information.

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