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Ahead of the game | Preparing for Preston

A preview of our home meeting with the Lilywhites

6 April 2018

With the games ticking away, each one takes on added importance – and three points this weekend against Preston would be very welcome.

Reading vs Preston North End
Saturday 7th April, 3pm
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium

We were defeated by the Lilywhites earlier in the season at Deepdale, thanks to an early Jordan Hugill goal.

And the Deepdale side have quietly gone about their business ever since and stand just outside the play-off positions.

But, after a great atmosphere and result last time out at home, we’re looking to make it consecutive wins at Madejski Stadium!

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 down as the underdogs at odds of 13/5, while Alex Neil’s North End are 11/10 favourites and a draw is priced 23/10.

Chris Martin is 6/1 to open the scoring with his first Madejski Stadium goal, while Sone Aluko is 8/1 to follow up on his belter last time at home with the game’s first goal.

Officials

Andrew Madley is the referee this Saturday – the fourth time he’s overseen a Reading fixture this season.  He was the man in the middle for our reverse fixture at Deepdale earlier in the year, as well as taking charge of away games at Millwall and Bolton.

Neil Davies and Lee Venamore are the assistants, while John Busby is the fourth official.

Also on...

Head over to the Fun Zone this weekend for loads of extra activities; we'll be giving away Easter Eggs, as well as World Cup sticker books and stickers up for grabs!

Plus, Nuffield our official gym partner will be on hand with their batak game for fans to try out.

Please note, on this occasion the players and staff will be arriving at Madejski Stadium much earlier than usual in a change to their pre-match meal and meeting routine.  Therefore supporters should be aware that there will be less opportunity ahead of the game to obtain pre-match autographs before this match only.

In memoriam

Ahead of tomorrow's game, we will be hosting a minute's applause to celebrate the life of Ray Wilkins, who sadly passed away earlier this week.  Our players will also be wearing black armbands.

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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Match Reports

Barrow makes it back-to-back home wins!

Back-post header wins it for the Royals

7 April 2018

Modou Barrow's 10th goal of the season for Reading was the difference on the scoresheet against Preston North End, as the Royals claimed three vital points at Madejski Stadium.

  • Barrow's 12-minute header puts Reading ahead
  • Moult and Maguire each strike the frame of goal for Preston
  • Royals hold on to claim consecutive home wins

It was similar to our Good Friday win in many respects - an early goal which gave us something to hold on... and hold onto it, we did!

It took heart and determination to keep out the Lancashire side, but the clean sheet came and three points were earned!

There were four changes to Paul Clement’s starting XI after the midweek defeat at Aston Villa – some enforced.

An injury to Tyler Blackett meant he dropped out of the squad completely, as did Dave Edwards in order to serve a suspension.

In their place came Omar Richards and John Swift, while Sam Smith and George Evans were replaced by Jón Daði Böðvarsson and Liam Kelly respectively.

North End create a decent opening with two minutes of kick-off – Callum Robinson cut in off the right and forced a save from Vito Mannone with a thunderous effort.  Louis Moult was first to the rebound but it came to him too quickly for him to steer his first-time header on target.

But it was the Royals who took charge of the game, opening the scoring through Barrow in the 12th minute, with Böðvarsson heavily involved. 

It was the Icelander’s skill down the flank that earned a free-kick – not to mention a booking for Ben Davies – and then when Kelly dinked over the free-kick, Böðvarsson’s header was tucked in on the far side by Barrow.

Moult was close to offering an instant reply for Preston.  After a free-kick was conceded two yards outside the Royals box, the forward curled over the wall but the effort bounced off the post and wide.

The Royals support were claiming for a penalty when Swift’s reverse ball into the path of Kelly saw the midfielder dumped to the floor in the area at the hands of Darnell Fisher – but not enough for the referee to point to the spot.  At the other end of the field, Liam Moore made a trademark block to deny Alan Browne’s powerful drive from the edge of the D.

With the game ticking towards the interval, the Lilywhites were looking threatening again - in particular down the right flank, through Callum Robinson and Billy Bodin.  The latter's cross was a matter of inches from being touched in by Browne, but Mannone was able to cut it out.

And then Tom Barkhuizen lead a counter-attack as he glided into space - a firm effort from 20 yards was heading for the corner, before Mannone palmed it to safety.

Liam Moore almost sent Reading into the interval with a two-goal cushion; Aluko sent in a free-kick from the byline, which the centre-half met at the far side, only for goalkeeper Declan Rudd to claw around the post.

Half time | Reading 1-0 Preston North End

Both managers made changes at the break; Alex Neil made a double sub, while Pelle Clement replaced Richards for Reading.

And Bodin was wasteful when North End captain Greg Cunningham crossed from the left; the angle was narrow, but the midfielder missed high.

Then Bodin tried to turn provider, swinging in a delivery from the right-hand touchline.  Half-time sub Sean Maguire stole a march and steamed onto it... his header crashed mercifully against the crossbar.

While Reading were defending their lead stoutly, they were picking their moments to show attacking intent.  A neat one-two between Kelly and Böðvarsson could have brought an opening, but Kelly was penalised for handling the ball before firing his shot.

Preston continued to probe for the leveller; Reading's defence continued to stand tall.  Moore, in particular, was putting his head in where it hurt time and again to prevent crosses being converted.

Aluko, the match-winner on Good Friday, tried to make it back-to-back Madejski Stadium goals when Clement's clipped cross was half-cleared into his path.  Fashioning an acrobatic effort, he fired wide.

And Bodin, with quick feet, threatened to tie up the scores for Preston when he checked in onto his favoured left foot.  His effort curled wide, and Maguire couldn't apply a touch.

And the Royals battled hard, to a man, until the final whistle.  Another clean sheet at Madejski Stadium, and three points to show for it.

Full time | Reading 1-0 Preston North End

Reading: Mannone, Gunter (c), Ilori, Moore, Richards (Clement HT), Bacuna, Kelly (Evans 85), Swift, Aluko, Barrow, Böðvarsson (Martin 71).
Subs: Jaakkola, Van den Berg, Kermorgant, Holmes.
Goal: Barrow
Yellow: Bacuna, Swift

Preston North End: Rudd, Fisher, Huntington, Davies (Clarke HT), Cunningham (c), Pearson, Browne, Robinson (Harrop 79), Barkhuizen, Bodin, Moult (Maguire HT).
Subs: Maxwell, Gallagher, Horgan, Earl.
Yellow: Davies, Fisher

Referee: Mr A Madley
Attendance: 15,501 (704 away)

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Ticket News

We need you again when we meet Preston…

Back the boys for another important match in the run-in!

5 April 2018

It was one of the best atmospheres of the season last time out against Queens Park Rangers – our supporters dragged us over the line and helped us to get all three points when we were last at Madejski Stadium.

The roar at the final whistle was stirring – a much-needed win and a real lift for everyone around the club, after a battling performance.  A match that lacked nothing in drama… and three points to show for it too!

There’s still work to be done this season – six more matches to go, and they’re all important.

But our home games, in particular, will be vital to making it a successful end to the campaign.  That’s why we need your support again this Saturday.

There’s nothing to be taken for granted against promotion-hopefuls Preston this Saturday.  It’ll take a big effort from the boys out on the pitch, and just as importantly, it’ll need our fans to be vocal and supportive for the entirety of the 90 minutes once again.

So do your bit this weekend – round up your friends and family members and come in numbers to MadejskI Stadium to get behind Paul Clement and the boys in the blue and white hoops.

Adult tickets begin at £20, with concessions available too.  Take a look at the link below for all the information you need about getting hold of match tickets for this vital match!

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